Originally Posted by Ronald C Dinkins
Your attitude about this whole thing is very telling, coming from a Microsoft hd-dvd insider/spokesman, and it's also very disappointing. It shows how you really feel about the position of hd-dvd in the scheme of things. Allow me to explain.
Just a kind note that this thread is for Q/A only and not commentary of this sort. Feel free to continue in the format war thread and I will happy to join you there for follow up. I will chime in once since you voiced your opinion here.
I imagine most of the Blu-ray supporting companies take dual format players and discs as "bad news for Blu-ray". They feel this gives hd-dvd a stay of execution, and delays indefinitely the coup de grâce in the format war. Blu-ray knows it has the momentum and support to win this war, and dual format is not necessary.
I agree that BD companies seem to have a bad reaction to such news. But I do not agree it is for the reason you mention. Fact is that the companies that have been talked about to do universal players, are currently BD-only. To the extent they build playback equipment which supports HD DVD, universal or not, is something that doesn't reflect positively on them. And of course, it chips away at the level of exclusive support they have.
Sure, a year ago, they thought they were set to have an easy win. But I am sure they are no longer that confident that they can wipe out HD DVD.
Your comments here and in other threads show clearly that you feel dual format is "good news for hd-dvd".
Then you misunderstood my comments. Even here I have been guarded about the prospects of universal discs and players and was clear that the future impact is unknown. Unlike BD companies however, we see nothing wrong with companies choosing to support two formats. We simply are not as exclusive about these things as others are.
We help companies for example, to publish BD discs with VC-1. Likewise, if a company wants to build a universal player, we don't rain on their parade, or make it hard for them to do so. Indeed, if they need our help, we will offer it on the HD DVD side.
But again, there is good news here for HD DVD consumers in that they will have more playback choices. I am not going to deny that this is a positive for the format.
Just like a company on the verge of bankruptcy, suddenly the buy-out from a former competitor is great news for the employees. It's better than a pink slip. Hd-dvd gets some life support.
Well, that is your opinion and I respect that. But neither format is on life support and saying so, ignores the good progress already made, to establish these formats in the eyes of enthusiasts and early adopters.
What's more annoying is that this supports my theory that Microsoft supported the hd-dvd format instead of the technically superior Blu-ray format just to throw a wrench in the works.
Well, again, I appreciate that this is your theory. It does not reflect reality however. We see many reasons why HD DVD is superior to BD and I have talked about them at length in this forum.
Microsoft stayed neutral in the format war for almost two years. So our choice was very deliberate. If we wanted to just screw things up, we could have done that day 1. We did not. I dare say no company has educated itself about the two formats before making its selection than we have. You can see that from the breadth of topics which we participate in.
what reason could you have chosen to support hd-dvd so stubbornly other than to complicate and confuse the format transition in an effort to sabotage it?
Please don't ask me to summarize thousands of posts I have made in this forum in this one answer
. Bottom line is that HD DVD has succeeded against all odds, because it has strong merits. The market has validated this, as have a number of reporters who have acknowledged the amazing showing of HD DVD so far.
The only benefit to having two formats for what is essentially the exact same thing lies on the side of greedy corporations who get licensing fees out of it. Us end users get nothing but confusion out of it.
First, the format war was started by traditional CE companies such as Sony, MEI, Philips and Toshiba. Microsoft was a later entry and well after the whole book was mostly written. So yes, companies protect their interest and make business decisions. But please don't put us in a different light, especially in this situation. If there needs to be a settlement, it starts with the named companies above, getting rid of their differences. But since they have not, each company gets to evaluate what they think is right, and putting their weight behind that choice.
Second, we do not see our role as the company that goes out and helps kill one of the formats. Yes, you are not alone in wishing that we had not joined up on the HD DVD side so that the format would go away. But if you want that outcome, you, as consumers, would have to do it by voting with your pocketbook. Please don't this responsibility on our shoulder. As long as people are super satisfied and want HD DVD in the market, that will be the force that you have you fight, not our selection to also support the format.