July 30th, 2007, 11:18 AM #111
Well, it will take many years, but people will eventually come around. Remember, HDTV is still in its young stages. As it develops, people will see the difference between good and bad HD and will adapt.
Originally Posted by tm1221
The whole rental idea will be the biggest downfall in current download models. People still like physical media. The problem is that the people who own the content don't want a buy-and-own type download system - the want a pay-as-you-play kind of model. I just don't think people are going to adopt that very quickly.
August 9th, 2007, 03:10 PM #112
Here's some interesting news. "300" sold twice as many Blu-ray discs as HD DVD last week despite the fact that the HD DVD version has more features on it.
Also, the head of Universal needs a reality check. Unfiltered, maybe you can shed some more light.
August 9th, 2007, 08:25 PM #113
Did anyone mention that Target has elected to go only w/ Blu-Ray?
August 9th, 2007, 10:38 PM #114
August 9th, 2007, 11:10 PM #115
He's a douche. Everyone in Home Video knows better. He also made it known this week that Uni is receiving monetary incentives from Toshiba to continue it's HD-DVD exclusivity. (This is what a lot of us had suggested.)
Originally Posted by NastiMarvasti
August 10th, 2007, 01:22 AM #116
It almost sounds to me like he is running out of ways to convince people that HD DVD is doing better or will do better in the long run, so now he's forced to say that the war is a good thing. Whatever Toshiba is paying, it's got to get to a point where that amount doesn't make up for the amount they're losing from not putting their movies out on BD. I'm really hoping the holidays put a nail in the coffin for HD.
Originally Posted by Unfiltered
August 20th, 2007, 11:04 AM #117
Wow, this sucks and completely unexpected. Why the hell are they doing this now?
August 20th, 2007, 11:22 AM #118
It's early enough in the war when cash can speak volumes. $50 million for Paramount, and $100 for Dreamworks - that's what Toshiba/Microsoft had to pony up.
What did they accomplish? Evening the field, and making the potential for high-def media to become nothing more than the next laser-disc even more likely.
August 20th, 2007, 03:09 PM #119
Uh-oh bluray fans....
Sub $200 HD-DVD players this Christmas?!?
Toshiba A2 is already in the $230s at Amazon.
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Last edited by go; August 20th, 2007 at 03:11 PM.
August 20th, 2007, 04:50 PM #120
This won't be much of a factor for the main consumer this year. They're going to see Transformers and Shrek on one side of the aisle, then they're going to see Spiderman and Pirates on the other side, and then they'll do the math and figure out that it's just not worth buying either or both.
Originally Posted by go
Seriously, how pissed is the average family movie watcher going to be knowing that Ratatoille and Cars don't play on the same machine as Shrek The Third and Bourne Ultimatum?
Microsoft has accomplished what it was seeking all along - to extend the format war and risk the adoption of this next-gen media.