Originally Posted by mfuhlendorf
Again I want to thank you greatly for your (considerable) time spent here talking to us. And let me reinforce that I love movies, and thus by definition, HDDVD
Much appreciated. And let me say that your post was the preverbal straw that broke the camel's back. I had seen so many posts like it that I used your post as an opportunity to set the record straight. But didn't mean at all to make it look like I was unhappy about your post. You correctly identified the general feeling around some corners of AVS.
But I'd prefer a separate HDDVD version. I so hate flippers that I asked a friend of mine who is an artist to draw stylized titles on the full-screen side of all my old two-sided DVDs... Do you think that other studios beside Warner (Paramount, specifically) might also begin to use those discs?
I don't want to speak on behalf of other studios. But I know Universal is not in that camp.
Unsure about Paramount.
I think your best friend here is that THD discs are difficult to make. So it will take some time for them to be ready, and even then, they may get used occasionally until they refine the process (recall that all the BD difficulties are there, but compounded due to HD DVD being on the other side).
Do you know if they plan use that design in a plastic HDDVD case with different colors? I don't think those ugly bicolor boxes will fit well with my HDDVD collection...
I am with you on that one. Currently, I keep all of my BD discs behind the A/V cabinet so that no one sees I have them
. Now they will be in broad daylight if these discs come to pass...
what are your views on digital playground's announcement? Do you think that porn might really help HDDVD?
It can help in many directions:
1. They validate what we have been saying for a while. Namely, HD DVD can be manufactured by just about anyone. This means they can easily find outfits to replicate them. This will enable the thousands of independent distributors to also use the same capability producing other content you may be interested in.
2. They create business for post houses doing HD DVD, helping the ecosystem expand with new business.
3. They will push the interactivity front given the rich capabilities of HDi and nature of their business which lends itself to this sort of technology.
4. They provide a better product for the people interested in that kind of material.
5. They help spread the word that HD DVD is good through their PR campaigns.
It seems people mostly pick on #4 with internet download being the major reason they think it matters less. I actually agree with them on this. At the same time, these guys do sell almost $4B worth of DVD products from what I hear. So even if PC is eroding that, there is plenty left still to fuel growth of these formats.
Is there any market research on the subject? People so often cite VHS porn support as its reason for success, but it in fact was the first big home video format, so it is not a good comparison. Will porn aficionados pay extra for HD, when DVD is so cheap? And are there any possible iHD interactive features that might attract the porn crowd?
As you know, some titles were created using our older WMV-HD format. There, HD became a strong marketing tool for them, with one of the titles winning an "award" because of that innovation. So as a minimum, HD DVD will provide some marketing value for them.
Again thanks for your patience writing here. It is NOT often that a company's spokesperson shows such a level of knowledge and sheer enthusiasm for their products. It's clear that you treat HDDVDs success as an almost personal matter, like Steve Jobs treats the iPhone's success, and this kind of personal touch is what the BDA lacks.
Thanks again. It is kind praise like this that makes me hang around here...