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post #21 of 22 Old 08-23-07, 02:19 AM
 
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Re: Paramount Goes HD DVD Exclusive!

WHile right now I am rocking the 360 with HD DVD drive, I fully expected to pick up a PS3 when a game comes out that I want to play. That's really what's holding up my purchase. Sure, it's a decent Blu Ray player, but I own most of the movies I want to own on DVD or HD DVD. Disney Classics and the Alien films could sway me to pick one up sooner...

In the end I expect this "war" will be won by combo players with both formats because Sony can't afford to back down - they've invested their company's future on Blu Ray. ANd it's already costing them a pretty penny.
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Re: Paramount Goes HD DVD Exclusive!

Sony does have to much invested to stop but thats not to say the other studios are as loyal to either format.

It has been 14 months since Blu-ray first hit the market. In the last 12 months MGM has released only 3 movies all of which are on 25g single layer discs made with MPEG-2 and no extras for and MSRP of $40.

Except a 3 month holiday shoping season, 11 out of the 14 months Fox released practically zero movies. Overall Fox has released 30 movies 27 of the 30 are on 25g single layer discs, 20 of which are with MPEG-2.

Disney helped make the web interactivity for HD DVD and going with the majority decided to back Blu-ray before either format launched. Most know how much Disney is looking for to interactive discs and right now most BR stand alone players dont even have an internet connection and the formats specs for this interactivity remains incomplete.

Disney I would guess is trying to remain loyal but in a business world how long are they going to let Warner, Universal and Paramount all use the web technology that Disney made while they faithfully wait for Blu-ray to finish there specs.

Disneys dissapointment can be seen in there slow down of releases. They have released only 3 movies since June. Previous to this they were average 4 movies per month for 07 and now there averaging 1 per month.

Warner has been neutral and publicly claims being happy selling to both sides and may well possibly be since there the patent holders for the totalhd discs and would favor the most out of this format war continuing but even Warner has released around 2 dozen movies more on HD DVD then Bluray and most of there releases have more interactivity on the HD DVD disc.

Lionsgate seems to have an excellent commitment to Blu-ray and have almost match Fox in total releases. Unfortunately 20 out of there 28 releases so far are encoded with MPEG-2. The problem with this of course is MPEG-2 is old and wastes space. This is evident by looking at the content and seeing that only 6 movies out of all 28 reach being 2 hours in length. I have not heard one peep about Lionsgate wavering or seeming disappointed by this so I am not trying to indicate that at all.

So while Sony may seem strong in the camp for BR and I'm not implying others are wavering only that there definitely has been problems and reasons for these studios to be dissappointed.


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