Originally Posted by darinp2
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought your previous position about HD-DVD having support for red laser 9 was that it was a positive thing because it could be used for extras, or something like that. This was when Warner was on the HD-DVD side completely. Now that they have added BluRay support with similar specs for a red laser 9 it seems that your position about Warner and 9GB disks has changed completely from that Warner might use it for extras to that they might use it exclusively for whole movies. Am I wrong?
Oh not at all. I think HD DVD-9 is a wonderful solution as there are a lot of movies/extras that I don't want to pay a penny more for and such, would be perfectly fine on HD DVD-9. And it is good that BD has added it. It is not public information but a year ago we pushed very hard for BD-9 also. And if the two groups had not deviated at logica/software/copy protection layers, that would have been a â€œunifiedâ€ format that played in both players! Alas, BD companies did not want to hear about because there would be no new patent train at the physical layer. So it didnâ€™t go anywhere.
My beef is that BD lovers here used to chastise HD DVD just because they dared to allow HD DVD-9. And that by doing so, they were giving studios the option to "lower quality". Now they come and celebrate this? What is left of BD these days anyway if the physical format is no longer BD or has high capacity, at least with respect to Warner content? And what is to stop the rest of the studios from going to this cheaper option, especially if they can lower their risk, cost, and avoid having Sony make discs for them? Remember, no replicator may be ready to make BD-25 discs early next year and any price caps probably comes with strings attached from s-company (i.e. use their plant).
The other point is that getting Warner on board with BD-9 does nothing to resolve the doubt around cost and manufacturability of BD. If anything, it shows that they see serious problems with even BD-25. Otherwise, why push for BD-9?
Now letâ€™s look at HD DVD situation. They already have HD DVD-9. But they also have HD-DVD 15 and 30. All at very low cost and below BD-25. They donâ€™t have the huge step in risk and cost between BD-9 and BD-25 which may send most studios toward BD-9.
In other words, BD may have opened Pandoraâ€™s box here. Warner may have the last laugh on this if the bulk of BD content becomes BD-9. Think about it!