|Originally posted by mchuckp
I've read that HD-DVD can put both versions of a movie on one disc which would be great, so that everyone still in DVD phase can go buy the same movies as us, then when they get their fancy TV and player they can enjoy the discs they already own.
One week last November, I read that nearly 40% of the hollywood studios had signed on to HD-DVD, and the only thought I had was, "Why would they do that?" Especially when it looked like a hard slogging fight between the two formats. The smart thing would be to release your backlist blockbusters and new releases on all three formats and let the formats declare a winner before releasing the rest of your backlist.
Then about a week later, they announced that HD-DVD could carry both HD and SD DVD formats. Oh, so that's why they did it. This way, they don't have to release on three formats, only one ( or if, Like Disney, they're also supporting Blu-Ray, two formats). But I knew that Blu-Ray would have to follow suit...
And less than a month later, they announced that they had a Blu-Ray disk that contained both a single layer of HD information (25 GB), but also a dual layer of DVD info (8 GB).
HD-DVD will probably have to follow suit again and develop an HD-DVD with a dual layer of SD DVD info.
I imagne they will both announce dual layer HD + dual layer DVD sometime in 2005.
But as it is, the companies who have signed on exclusively only need to release their new releases in one format, and the companies playing the fence only need two (with both dropping DVD for the double-duty HD disks). Those releasing in one format will also be promoting their chosen format because all a consumer who bought one of the new disks needs to do is buy a deck, and that consumer now get's HD quality without needing to rebuy with a new disk. Promotion and sales all at the same time.