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Sorry, but this "journalist" knew exactly what he was doing here. If you're going to write an editorial, write an editorial. Don't pick and choose which "quotes" you want to use and paraphrase the rest. Bad journalism. Why have an interview just to write whatever you want anyway? It really says a lot about one's credibility.

I hope I knew exactly what I was doing since it has been my career for more than 20 years. Picking and choosing what quotes I want to use is exactly what all journalists do, and even moreso columnists and bloggers who pick quotes that help bolster the position they are taking. The only time it's a problem is if the subject of the interview suggests it misreprented him/her. I alread had a thank-you this morning from Mr. Kornblau. Let me know if you hear differently.

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If Universal goes neutral, HD-DVD's dead in an instant, we all know that.

Anyone who thinks that is basically admitting then, that HD-DVD is an inferior format and that any supporters are merely being stubborn with "their precious" instead of backing a more consumer-friendly approach to HD media. That doesn't make sense at all. If BD is so well and ahead better (I'm not making a claim here, just an argument) then it's like industry people saying they're just supporting this other format to jerk around the consumers a bit and scrape up extra cash. It's not logical.

I find the comments about extras and interactivity to be more revealing than any of the obvious paid-shill comments in the article:

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Kornblau believes interactive and connected features are essential for the success of any hi-def disc platform, especially as more and more consumers realize that they can buy a DVD player for $129 that upconverts their DVDs to near-hi-def quality.

"DVD would not have grown to a $16 billion market if all we did was put movies on a disc," he said. Enhanced features are even more critical for the success of hi-def discs, which do not offer as many revolutionary distinctions from DVD as did DVD over VHS.

This has to explain the current state of affairs with HDM more than anything. If we were to take Kornblau's statement to be representative of all studios (which I think is true) then what HD media means to the studios is nothing more than more space for value-added content. They completely overlook the whole reason either HD format exists: higher quality movie presentations. (Or arguably, more DRM.) So no wonder we get shoddy transfers and no HD audio: to the studios, the enhanced capabilities of the disc to deliver a better product don't exist! All it's about is how much more room there is to jam games and trailers on the disc, and now accessing movie blogs from your HD-DVD player. Oh joy.

I bought into DVD for its ease of use and PQ reasons. I'm actually curious now to find out how much interactivity and 'extras' drive movie sales. I've been sarcastic before about saying people don't stop and snap up some random title because it has '50 HOURS OF EXTRA CONTENT!' even if it's not a movie they want to see, or someone who wants to see 'Hot Fuzz' but puts it back on the shelf because it doesn't have enough extras. But now I wonder... is that point of view actually correct? Or is Kornblau (and the other studios by extension) really that out of touch with how to market their properties? That doesn't make sense... people pay $8+ for a movie ticket ($16 to $32 for a group--or roughly the same as the disc cost), and the movie doesn't come with any enhanced interviews or making-of featurettes after the main showing.

Then again, if that's true, that explains even more about the decline of the film industry and studio profits. That's why ticket sales are down, there's not enough features! I think it's time for someone to write an article entitled "The Demise of The Movie" about how film making has gone from an artistic format to merely a container for commercial messages.
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What a worthless BR biased troll the interviewer is. He basically filled in all the "HD DVD is hanging on Universal support" spin.
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Sorry, but this "journalist" knew exactly what he was doing here. If you're going to write an editorial, write an editorial. Don't pick and choose which "quotes" you want to use and paraphrase the rest. Bad journalism. Why have an interview just to write whatever you want anyway? It really says a lot about one's credibility.

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I alread had a thank-you this morning from Mr. Kornblau. Let me know if you hear differently.

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Sure... according to you. But like I said, this is where credibility comes into play. Oh, and thanks for Websters 101. I guess my college edu-ma-cation has failed me once again.
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Please note: the preceding was a direct quote.

So, what exactly is your stance?

My stance is that I believe Blu-ray will win the format war. That does not preclude me from being objective as the battle unfolds and does not prevent me from making observations that favor or disfavor either side along the way. If Blu-ray does something stupid or if HD DVD does something smart, I will say it. HD DVD has been in front of Blu-ray in many areas and is still out in front on hardware pricing and interactivity and connectivity. They were also out in front in many marketing efforts. I've said all that. I believe Blu-ray is rapidly catching up in all those areas and will significantly surpass HD DVD with its 50 GB capacity and its far superior support from studios and CE companies and others.
I had a frank and interesting conversation with Mr. Kornblau about his position on the format battle. I shared that conversation with you and other readers and offered my opinions about some of the points he made.
That's my stance.
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Oh certainly..they could definitely do much better. With the catalog as big as theirs, we need some really tastiness on HD DVD.

But the title I can't wait for is American Gangster, the movie is coming to theaters soon and it looks INCREDIBLE. Denzel Washington is the man and Rusell Crow is in it. Universal holds the rights of course.

There's a BUNCH of new hot movies coming out from Universal. I just hope they publish those too right away with DVD release.

American Gangster and The Kingdom will probably be big hits for Uni and if released with a big splash...can make a big splash in the war.


I am thuroughly looking forward to these as well.

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Sure... according to you. But like I said, this is where credibility comes into play. Oh, and thanks for Websters 101. I guess my college edu-ma-cation has failed me once again.

Sorry, was not intending to be condescending with the definitions. Based on all the criticisms from you and others about me editorialzing and injecting my opinion, I just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page about my understanding of the definition of a blog and an editorial. Those words get thrown around a lot and can mean may different things to different people.
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I read the blog as nothing more then hidden digs at HD-DVD and expressing personal feelings of format preference. Using snippets of a conversation to cleverly express their dislike/like for a particular format. I personally don't see this as worth while as blogs like this are worded to provoke a response be it positive or negative. As you can clearly see here, the author (or whoever he claims to be) doesn't take well to criticism yet it's ok to criticize. As the ole saying goes, he who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones. Sadly, it appears that a level of common sense is needed in order to apply this.
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I never knew Blu-ray wasn't released until 8 months after HD DVD. I must have imagined having my Samsung player in late June?

The war did not start until Sony say's so. They fail to remember all there pre 2007 states when HD DVD was killing Blu-Ray. It wasn't until CES when things started to change.
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the site is indeed pro-Blu-ray and backed by Blu-ray studios and other Blu-ray companies supporting Blu-ray (not the BDA organization) and that because I have taken an editorial position that Blu-ray will win the format war, I am being paid by the Blu-ray companies backing the site to write blogs and do separate video interviews, event coverage and "Inside Track" Q&As on the site. Nothing new in any of that.
You and others are free to believe or not whether I can maintain editorial independence and a fair perspective

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that you sincerely believe you are trying to be objective and independent, but you surely understand that HD DVD supporters have a right to be skeptical that you can actually be objective.

For instance, if a political conservative is admittedly not only pro-GOP but also is being funded by the GOP, it is only reasonable for Democrats to be weary of the objectivity of that person's interview with Hillary Clinton.
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I read the blog as nothing more then hidden digs at HD-DVD and expressing personal feelings of format preference. Using snippets of a conversation to cleverly express their dislike/like for a particular format. I personally don't see this as worth while as blogs like this are worded to provoke a response be it positive or negative. As you can clearly see here, the author (or whoever he claims to be) doesn't take well to criticism yet it's ok to criticize. As the ole saying goes, he who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones. Sadly, it appears that a level of common sense is needed in order to apply this.

I love all the feedback and comments -- that's what editorials and blogs are designed to do -- provoke a response, spark a dialogue. If not, what's the point of writing? This is an ongoing dialogue and I'm just joining in. I don't take offense to being called "full of crap" and a "jackass" and a poor journalist (love yours the best that my comments were "clevery expressed"). But I do want to make sure those who make those comments and others know what ground rules I am playing by in terms of journalism, so they can at least have an accurate understanding of the situation. It's easy to call names and criticize and draw misinformed conclusions when you don't have all the information.
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I will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that you sincerely believe you are trying to be objective and independent, but you surely understand that HD DVD supporters have a right to be skeptical that you can actually be objective.

For instance, if a political conservative is admittedly not only pro-GOP but also is being funded by the GOP, it is only reasonable for Democrats to be weary of the objectivity of that person's interview with Hillary Clinton.

Absolutely. You SHOULD be skeptical. I just hope that before people dismiss or criticize, they take a few minutes to look at my writing and record so that their criticisms are backed up by evidence. If so, please challenge me to your heart's content; that can only make me do my job better. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt.
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Scott you said "Picking and choosing what quotes I want to use is exactly what all journalists do, and even moreso columnists and bloggers who pick quotes that help bolster the position they are taking."

If you could publish the full questions and answers as to what was said and thus enlighten us as to why you feel this way it should be interpreted.

History is determined from examining first person documents, finding original context.

Example in point. The civil war. 1861-1865

Popular opinion is that the war was fought to free the slaves.

The south chose to leave the United states over what they considered persecution and restrictions on their way of life. The troops were sent into the south to preserve the union.

It wasn't until 1863 that Lincoln gave the emancipation proclamation.

This freed the slaves in the confederacy during the war. Most people regard this as the point where slaves were freed when in actuality it wasn't until the thirteenth amendment on December 18, 1865 that slavery was abolished. It is all about perception.

Without context we can't be sure of the original intent of the speaker.
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My stance is that I believe Blu-ray will win the format war. That does not preclude me from being objective as the battle unfolds and does not prevent me from making observations that favor or disfavor either side along the way. If Blu-ray does something stupid or if HD DVD does something smart, I will say it. HD DVD has been in front of Blu-ray in many areas and is still out in front on hardware pricing and interactivity and connectivity. They were also out in front in many marketing efforts. I've said all that. I believe Blu-ray is rapidly catching up in all those areas and will significantly surpass HD DVD with its 50 GB capacity and its far superior support from studios and CE companies and others.
I had a frank and interesting conversation with Mr. Kornblau about his position on the format battle. I shared that conversation with you and other readers and offered my opinions about some of the points he made.
That's my stance.


^^^ He certainly doesn't sound like a shill to me. It's a reasonable opinion based on current market conditions and current market trends.

It's a shame all of you are trying to shout down Scott.
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What is interesting (and often lost) in all of this discussion about the 2:1 BD advantage is that this ratio is largely unchanged since January or so.

How many PS3s have sold since January? A million? Yet the ratio doesn't really change. Even this week, it apparently held steady for the 300 release.

If I'm a BD company, that's troubling to me. Because if selling that many PS3s doesn't radically alter the landscape, what happens when the $199 HD DVD players are sitting in stores for the holidays, next to BD players that cost twice as much? When Star Trek is only available on HD DVD combo -- not BD or even standard, individual DVD?


Scott -- if you've been doing this for so long and have so much experience, you know darn well that Toshiba/Universal and the like are not going to end the war until there's something to end. The Q4 holiday season is where the real battle occurs. Right now everyone's just moving chess pieces around. But HD DVD is certainly not worried about a 2:1 ratio in the middle of the summer (and I'd also suppose that BD isn't celebrating it). No one side has sold enough software to even consider throwing in the towel. 65% of a small number is still a small number.

Again, given the number of BD devices available in homes at the moment (1.5+ million), the software sales numbers (and sales ratio vs. HD DVD) are actually pretty sad. But rah, rah... go blu-ray. And we sure hopes that Fox finally decides to release something soon. Yep, we sure do.


And if you think anyone believes that you'll present unbiased, honest opinions about anything HD DVD related on a blu-ray web site... well, they don't.

I honestly don't have a problem with your article (except the innaccuracies I saw this morning -- implying that Ratatouille was announced and that Blades of Glory was BD exclusive). You're writing for a BD site, so I know that this is nothing but PR propaganda. My issue is with all of the *other* folks across this great internet that are linking to (and quoting) your blog as if it were factual. But, that's life, I suppose.
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I love all the feedback and comments -- that's what editorials and blogs are designed to do -- provoke a response, spark a dialogue. If not, what's the point of writing? This is an ongoing dialogue and I'm just joining in. I don't take offense to being called "full of crap" and a "jackass" and a poor journalist (love yours the best that my comments were "clevery expressed"). But I do want to make sure those who make those comments and others know what ground rules I am playing by in terms of journalism, so they can at least have an accurate understanding of the situation. It's easy to call names and criticize and draw misinformed conclusions when you don't have all the information.

You contradict yourself with number of defensive posts written in this thread regarding the blog. No, you don't like feed back and it shows in your responses. Inwhich, in one response you had to recant your defensive posturing found here:
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Sorry, was not intending to be condescending with the definitions. Based on all the criticisms from you and others about me editorialzing and injecting my opinion..

Therefore, you do not love all the feedback and comments written in this thread and it shows. The point (as you make it ever so obvious) is attack those who do not agree with your blog. All anyone has to do is review your answers in this thread.


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But I do want to make sure those who make those comments and others know what ground rules I am playing by in terms of journalism, so they can at least have an accurate understanding of the situation.

This statement also contradicts how much you love feedback and comments. What you appear to enjoy is the interaction you are getting from the conflict created by the blog (again provoking a response) out of those who read your blog. Not the feedback in general. It's the drama I am seeing here.
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I'd like to read the entire interview. The opinion piece is fine, because it is just that, opinion. But you can't be the source of the interview and not share with your audience exactly what was said in the interview/discussion.

You are obviously expanding on comments which he made, but we have no idea was originally said.

I'd also like to know whether or not any of the Blu-ray exclusive studios and CE companies get any sort of financial support from the BDA, either in disc replication or just by being exclusive to that format.
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What is interesting (and often lost) in all of this discussion about the 2:1 BD advantage is that this ratio is largely unchanged since January or so.

How many PS3s have sold since January? A million? Yet the ratio doesn't really change. Even this week, it apparently held steady for the 300 release.

If I'm a BD company, that's troubling to me. Because if selling that many PS3s doesn't radically alter the landscape, what happens when the $199 HD DVD players are sitting in stores for the holidays, next to BD players that cost twice as much? When Star Trek is only available on HD DVD combo -- not BD or even standard, individual DVD?


Scott -- if you've been doing this for so long and have so much experience, you know darn well that Toshiba/Universal and the like are not going to end the war until there's something to end. The Q4 holiday season is where the real battle occurs. Right now everyone's just moving chess pieces around. But HD DVD is certainly not worried about a 2:1 ratio in the middle of the summer (and I'd also suppose that BD isn't celebrating it). No one side has sold enough software to even consider throwing in the towel. 65% of a small number is still a small number.

Again, given the number of BD devices available in homes at the moment (1.5+ million), the software sales numbers (and sales ratio vs. HD DVD) are actually pretty sad. But rah, rah... go blu-ray. And we sure hopes that Fox finally decides to release something soon. Yep, we sure do.


And if you think anyone believes that you'll present unbiased, honest opinions about anything HD DVD related on a blu-ray web site... well, they don't.

I honestly don't have a problem with your article (except the innaccuracies I saw this morning -- implying that Ratatouille was announced and that Blades of Glory was BD exclusive). You're writing for a BD site, so I know that this is nothing but PR propaganda. My issue is with all of the *other* folks across this great internet that are linking to (and quoting) your blog as if it were factual. But, that's life, I suppose.

Fab post!

Oh, and that linking and quoting? That's exactly why you post something this misleading, poorly constructed, and full of inaccuracies = so that other, more "respectable," sites will pick it up or quote it. Recently, this lazy practice has gotten even the venerable NY Times in trouble.
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My issue is with all of the *other* folks across this great internet that are linking to (and quoting) your blog as if it were factual.

That hits the nail right on the head. The initial impression given by the site is that it is factual on every account. Bloggers post on what they see as fact when it is actually editorial. And repeat it. Eventually, enough people start to believe the misinterpretation. That is my problem.

Something is always lost the more people repeat something that someone said that someone else said. You always lose clarity and intent. That is my problem.
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What is interesting (and often lost) in all of this discussion about the 2:1 BD advantage is that this ratio is largely unchanged since January or so.

When Star Trek is only available on HD DVD combo -- not BD or even standard, individual DVD?

No one side has sold enough software to even consider throwing in the towel. 65% of a small number is still a small number.

I honestly don't have a problem with your article (except the innaccuracies I saw this morning -- implying that Ratatouille was announced and that Blades of Glory was BD exclusive).

* Star Trek is only available exclusively on HD DVD for a short window of time because they paid a premium to CBS for that window -- Paramount execs said at Comic-Con they are already working on the Blu-ray version.

* You're right that it's such a small market at this stage that numbers and ratios mean nothing significant; I said the same thing in my blog several weeks ago:

My Crumbs Are Bigger Than Yours (updated 3:50 p.m., Friday, July 13) -- 1.) It's way too early to be bragging about numbers that are this tiny. The combined Blu-ray / HD DVD stand-alone player market is only projected to reach 700,000 in the U.S. this year. For perspective on that, about 95 million homes have DVD players... this is a market that collectively amounts to two blades of grass in a field, with farmers arguing over whose blades are taller. Who cares at this point?

* You have an inaccuracy when you made that word plural -- I had one inaccuracy to my knowledge -- "Blades of Glory" will not be Blu-ray exclusive -- which I corrected several hours before it was even pointed out on AVS Forum, but nonetheless I appreciate people pointing out even the smallest errors as long as they don't discount the entire piece for one factual error.
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You contradict yourself with number of defensive posts written in this thread regarding the blog. No, you don't like feed back and it shows in your responses. Inwhich, in one response you had to recant your defensive posturing found here:

Therefore, you do not love all the feedback and comments written in this thread and it shows. The point (as you make it ever so obvious) is attack those who do not agree with your blog. All anyone has to do is review your answers in this thread.



This statement also contradicts how much you love feedback and comments. What you appear to enjoy is the interaction you are getting from the conflict created by the blog (again provoking a response) out of those who read your blog. Not the feedback in general. It's the drama I am seeing here.

I don't believe I recanted my response, only tried to reassure the commenter that I was not intending to suggest that he wasn't educated.
But that's all fine too. If responding to attacks and erroneous suggestions by trying to set the record straight and provide more detailed background on the subject so that we're all better informed about our dialogue constitutes being defensive and feeds into your beliefe that my motives are otehrwise, then I will step away from this dialogue and let you chat and speculate amongst yourselves.
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If Universal goes neutral, HD-DVD's dead in an instant, we all know that.

Will that change player prices, innovation, and interactivity? The side with the cheapest prices will still remain. It's not as if Universal would stop making HD DVD.

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The guy from Universal has basically admitted as soon as Blu-ray matches HD-DVD's interactvity, and player prices reach the $200 level, they'll have to support Blu-ray.

No he did not, you and the Blu-troll interviewer did.
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Scott you said "Picking and choosing what quotes I want to use is exactly what all journalists do, and even moreso columnists and bloggers who pick quotes that help bolster the position they are taking."

If you could publish the full questions and answers as to what was said and thus enlighten us as to why you feel this way it should be interpreted.

History is determined from examining first person documents, finding original context.

Example in point. The civil war. 1861-1865

Popular opinion is that the war was fought to free the slaves.

The south chose to leave the United states over what they considered persecution and restrictions on their way of life. The troops were sent into the south to preserve the union.

It wasn't until 1863 that Lincoln gave the emancipation proclamation.

This freed the slaves in the confederacy during the war. Most people regard this as the point where slaves were freed when in actuality it wasn't until the thirteenth amendment on December 18, 1865 that slavery was abolished. It is all about perception.

Without context we can't be sure of the original intent of the speaker.

You're absolutely right -- if I wasn't trying to provide an editorial/opinion, I would consider that. However, even if I were trying to provide a verbatim transcript, which was not my intent, that would mean that every article you read and every story you see on TV would be massively long if every interview that every journalist did were presented in its entirety. It would also mean the profession of journalism would change dramatically as there would be no "voice" in newspaper articles or blogs, just verbatim Q&A interviews.

Who knows, it may happen someday.
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^^^ He certainly doesn't sound like a shill to me. It's a reasonable opinion based on current market conditions and current market trends.

It's a shame all of you are trying to shout down Scott.

The problem with it is the site he's chosen to write for. There's nothing neutral or balanced about it. It was established by members of the BDA to promote Blu-ray. He clearly admitted he's being paid for his work. He's a shill, plain and simple. If he was making editorial contributions to a neutral website his words might have a bit more weight to them. As it stands now any sane person should see right through the smoke and mirrors.
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You said BDA. BDA is an industry organization that has no affiliation with the HiHD site. The site and myself have been upfront ad nauseum on the site and in my blogs and in responses to postings that the site is indeed pro-Blu-ray and backed by Blu-ray studios and other Blu-ray companies supporting Blu-ray (not the BDA organization) and that because I have taken an editorial position that Blu-ray will win the format war, I am being paid by the Blu-ray companies backing the site to write blogs and do separate video interviews, event coverage and "Inside Track" Q&As on the site. Nothing new in any of that.
You and others are free to believe or not whether I can maintain editorial independence and a fair perspective, following in the footsteps of many journalists before me who write for magazines like Warner-owned Entertinment Weekly and review Warner movies, and report on CNBC about its owners Universal and GE, etc.

The BDA or members of the BDA, the differences make no matter in this case. You're being paid by Blu-ray backers to shill the format on a site they created to do exactly that. Your "word" carries no weight. You coming here trying to save face isn't going to change anything.
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If Universal goes neutral, HD-DVD's dead in an instant, we all know that.

Sorry still not buying this.

The current choice for the average consumer is not between purchasing a $465 device or a $250 device (current from Amazon). The choice is between not buying a $465 device and buying a $250 device or even more likely not buying either and buying a < $200 device. The mass market simply does not purchase products that are incrementally better for that type of price premium.

This thing isn't over until devices hit mass market prices and it becomes an impulse buy and a replacement for the old broken DVD player.

This theory that if Universal went neutral suddenly millions of people would start shelling out several hundred $ for a "new DVD" player is just nuts.
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* Star Trek is only available exclusively on HD DVD for a short window of time because they paid a premium to CBS for that window -- Paramount execs said at Comic-Con they are already working on the Blu-ray version.

This is new to me.

I thought that CBS (Star Trek is licensed through CBS to Paramount) chose the HD DVD format first because they wanted to release it on both HD DVD and DVD in one package. I was unaware of any compensation.

It's CBS's decision what format to release on, not Paramount.

Isn't that the case?
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* You have an inaccuracy when you made that word plural -- I had one inaccuracy to my knowledge -- "Blades of Glory" will not be Blu-ray exclusive -- which I corrected several hours before it was even pointed out on AVS Forum

Has Ratatouille been announced yet? Because if not, you've certainly at least implied that it will be out this year. That was the other inaccuracy I was referring to:

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But that's pretty much the highlight for the rest of the year as far as programs available exclusively on HD DVD.
Almost everything else will be on Blu-ray, either exclusively or along with HD DVD, including everything from Steven Spielberg's first hi-def disc release, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," exclusively on Blu-ray, to most of the top-grossing movies of the year, such as "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (both only on Blu-ray) "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (not announced as yet); "300," "Ratatouille," "Wild Hogs," and "Blades of Glory" (the latter three only on Blu-ray). And as soon as Fox rejoins the BD party with its MGM distribution in tow -- which everyone hopes will be soon -- that studio could release its trio of summer hits exclusively on Blu-ray, "The Simpsons Movie," "Live Free or Die Hard," and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

You don't have the same "not announced yet" or "could release" language surrounding that title as you do other unannounced items. Yet, to my knowledge, it is NOT announced yet. And, in my opinion, is unlikely to appear in 2007, given that Cars is hitting BD around the holidays.
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my first try at journalism.

after reading comments by ClearVision and using his own words i would like to give journalism a try if i may.

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My understanding is that a blog is not an "article" or a verbatim Q&A; it is an editorial column, a forum to present an opinion. I did not position this as an "interview, but rather a summary of my conversation with Mr. Kornblau and my take on his comments, with only a handful of direct quotes to emphasize selected points in his own words.

evidently reading in between the lines Mr. Clear believes HD DVD will be the winner in the end as i quote:
"HD DVD has been in front of Blu-ray in many areas and is still out in front on hardware pricing and interactivity and connectivity." He also mentioned something to the effect of HD DVD being out in front in many marketing efforts.
He goes on to slam Sony and the release of spiderman as not being worth the cost of the Blu-ray discs. " there are no bonus features unique to the Blu-ray version or that utilize the technology that make Blu-ray distinctive from DVD" It seems its priced at 13 dollars more then the dvd equivalent. And i believe he used the word YIKES. hehehe... so much for Blu-ray being worth more then a Standard DVD.

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Picking and choosing what quotes I want to use is exactly what all journalists do
-- that's what editorials and blogs are designed to do -- provoke a response

So i picked and chose my quotes to back up my story if this provokes a response then i guess i did a good job. But it does seem to me that Mr. Clear is on the side of HD DVD and believes that HD DVD will win this war according to the quotes that i provided.

Did I do good Mr. Clear?
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Has Ratatouille been announced yet? Because if not, you've certainly at least implied that it will be out this year. That was the other inaccuracy I was referring to:



You don't have the same "not announced yet" or "could release" language surrounding that title as you do other unannounced items. Yet, to my knowledge, it is NOT announced yet. And, in my opinion, is unlikely to appear in 2007, given that Cars is hitting BD around the holidays.

It's not inaccurate unless it's proven to be inaccurate. You're very observant, and obviously smart enough to recognize a subtle leak that has to be read beween the lines. It's one of the advantages of having the ear and support of studio execs -- I can offer early tips and info about unannounced titles and projects, just as I was able to break the "Cars" story on my blog based on a conversation with a Disney exec.
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