I said vertical monopoly. Not a monopoly in the sense you are saying.
They are the only company in the world that controls electronic players and the media in the way they do.
Toshiba doesn't own media. Microsoft doesn't own media.
HP also has HD-DVD ROM players. You can say they all are rebadged or manufactured by Toshiba. But those companies have put out players with their name on it.
You fault Toshiba in lowering the price of their players to make it hard for others to compete, but say nothing about Sony and their PS3, which is obvious to everyone is a loss leader.
LG does play HD DVDs though.
Key points from two BR supporters that have been rumored to be holding off more releases until BD+ was complete...Quote:
Originally Posted by BD+ Technoloiges
Originally Posted by Mike Dunn, President - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Worldwide
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents (I couldn't find a direct link to the BD+ press release.)Quote:
Originally Posted by Eric Doctorow, MGM Home Entertainment, General Manager
Hopefully, this will get those two back on track.
Oh, and Adobe announced authoring and burning support for Blu-ray with Encore CS3 due out next month. Here is a walk through tutorial (if you care to look):
New war news.
MSRP of HD-DVD now $299.
5 free movies for Bluray owners.
HD-DVD and BR sounds more like a push from the major movie companies to retain a degree of control in the home movie market (the type that music companies are possessing less and less of) through having a share in the production and distribution phases, and to force a final cycle of media buying from collectors before optical media goes to its grave for good.
I was more arguing that HD-DVD/Blu-Ray may be a final money grab for the movie studios before they lose the production profits that DVD media currently nets them, as the technological market is taking us away from all forms of hard copy media in favor of portable mass storage and downloadable content. In essence, trying to delay the trend that has already occurred in the music industry.
Sure, they possess the rights to the movies that are most in demand, but if they attempt to stay with these "niche" technologies when the online movie market goes live, they're prone to lose a lot of money. As a sort of parallel, look at the PC market right now. Microsoft is releasing Vista-only software titles in an effort to drive more households into running Vista. Is it working? No, the titles are tanking, relatively speaking. This is the same type of situation I foresee here.
But it's quite a huge difference from downloading an album in 10 minutes, as opposed to a 2 hour HD title taking several hours. And then it's only a rental.
Just saw Casino Royale in Blu-Ray and it was the Shiz. Looking forward to getting a chance to watch HD-DVD so I make a good comparison.
BTW, any of you guys think there is a chance that BOTH formats will be around and most people will just opt to buy a hybrid player?