Originally Posted by rlsmith
Thanks for the post.
I am a bit surprised at the amount of credit you are giving Disney for knowing what they are doing. Next to Sony, they seem to have done the poorest job overall in supporting hidef disks.
Up until now, their offerings on BD have been sadly lacking. The best title was "Eight Under", which is nice, but all of us could list all of the titles that would make a difference.
I was quite prepared to buy Cars and Pirates on Blu-ray this Christmas. Disney didn't want to sell them.
Their announcements after the first of the year are more impressive, and in fact suggest a strong commitment to BD in the use of BD50, but still far less than what they could do.
I well remember that Disney launched 2 DVD titles in late 1997, Mary Poppins and something else. They didn't sell, and so Disney decided that DVD was a loser. The MP was filled with mosquito noise, really very poor. Then, after a Divx flirtation, they finally started with DVD in earnest after some analysts pointed out that they had missed the boat by not supporting DVD. Now, the way Disney talks about DVD, you would think they invented it.
If Disney really cared about hidef disks and their future, they would be a) supporting both formats, and b) putting some of their key titles on the line. At least we should have seen Pirates day-and-date for example.
As to your number of 1.5:1, if it is true, I am still not that discouraged. Remember that Blu-ray still has significantly fewer titles in the market. As I pointed out in the article, it is the upcoming scheduled releases that impress me for BD. Of course, if Disney expected something more favorable, then I guess they could be discouraged.
As I stated in the article, I think a key point among the studios may be the "let's get it over with" attitude about the format war. If Disney thinks that supporting HD DVD would just prolong the format war, they will hold off. I think this has been their thought.
Your idea is that the format war is actually over and both will survive. I don't know about that one.
That is just as absurd as Bill Hunt's take, that "just you wait until BD has more players, more PS3s sold, and BETTER TITLES!!!"
HD-DVD is just going to sit there and let it happen?
As for HD-DVD having more titles out... ok, by what 15%? What about BD outnumbering HD-DVD players 3 to 1? Shouldn't that make up for the 15% less titles?
My thoughts on Disney have to do with Bob and his ideas about the formats. It has little to nothing to do with Buena Vista Home Video and how they've treated DVD or BD. It has to do with the guy at the top and his thoughts. He has the right idea, if that right idea can slip thru the cracks and down the totem pole, then we'd all be in a great place.
I think Bob wishes every DVD, BD, or future HD-DVD was treated like their treasure chests and platinum releases.
What amazes me is that the PRO-BD crowd is again chanting "wait," when we were told the same thing Sony was preaching to anyone who would listen: Come November we win! Long live the PS3!" Now that has changed. I don't remember one Pro-BD person on this site who thought that HD-DVD would win December, not one.
Perception is half the battle. I truly believe that MS tested the waters with the Addon, and now that they know that HD-DVD can survive...
I bet that HD-DVD has a lot more up it's sleaves. BDA has shown us their hands. We got the PS3, all the studio support, and all the CE support.
HD-DVD is winning with a lot less. The more they add, the more I'd be worried if I was exclusive to the BDA camp.