Basically, I just wanted to start the ball rolling from the enthusiast early adopter market to politely ask the movie studios to please exchange all of our HD-DVD collections for the exact same titles on Blu Ray. If the studios will not do this then I implore ([EDIT]: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/implore
) the retailers to step in and do the right thing. If everybody on the AVS Forums were to unite for this cause we would be able to submit this thread as evidence that there is a strong need for such an exchange program in order to promote goodwill towards the consumer.
This move would help the transition over to Blu Ray with the minimum of hard feelings and financial damage and might help improve the image of corporate film studios in the eyes of the enthusiast and lay consumer.
Please post to show your support for this request from all of the major studios and/or retailers.
P.S. I own both formats and players but would prefer not to have a mixed collection as replacing the HD-DVD player, if it were to become non-functional, would be impossible in the very near future.
[EDIT 1]: I am open to any solution that the studios/retailers might offer, like an exchange program with a nominal or even for profit fee, partial credits, full exchange, whatever it is that would help make the transition complete. I did not say they must do this, I said I would like for them to do this. There is a difference and I know there is only a small chance of this occurring. We all know it does not cost $34.99 to create a Blu Ray -- look at the 5 free Blu Ray deal as well as the Black Friday freebies. Basically, if the studios want to help the consumer they can do so very easily.
For example, if the studios charged cost + 10% + shipping they would still make a profit and at the same time give the HD-DVD early adopters an olive branch and a way out. I personally own a 50/50 split of Blu Ray to HD-DVD and would prefer a 1:1 exchange but would accept almost anything the studios would be willing to offer.
On a quick side note, half my HD-DVDs are still shrink wrapped but the receipts have expired and I do not believe in return fraud.
As for all of the other failed media quips -- they didn't die nearly as quickly as HD-DVD.
Also, I have had the PS3 and Xbox 360 HD-DVD add on since launch of both and never bought a fire sale player.
Originally Posted by rboster
This thread is about to be closed due to the bickering. Please stop it. IMHO you can "almost" (not perfect) view the format war similar to the 4th quarter of this years super bowl. If NE had intercepted Mannings pass during the last TD series, we'd be talking about Manning as Payton's brother w/o the ring and another NE SB champs....instead Manning is MVP and Giants are the Champs. This war could have gone either way...both sides had their strengths and weaknesses. To belittle the HDdvd supporters and the products is not going to serve anyone. As HDdvd supporters that are showing they can't accept the situation gracefully, that doens't speak well for your side either.
I supported both and have made NO demands, I just basically said, "Wouldn't it be nice if ..." As the old adage goes, it never hurts to ask. I have not nor will I ever be a fan boy and am completely cognizant that this request is unlikely to happen. I think that most of the negative comments are coming from the die hard Blu Ray crew who want the HD-DVD side to suffer as much as possible. Not very mature in my humble opinion. It's not like the Blu Ray supporters will have to financially support the transition. To be quite honest, if it had gone the other way I would have posted the same thing, only for Blu Ray.