Originally Posted by tsd2005
Ah, but Chapek also promised Iger that BD would be winning in sales for the christmas season.
Bob is going to do what's best for DISNEY. He believes that a format war is bad, and Chapek agrees. Chapek feels that you support one and hope it wins. Bob is begining to think there is room for BOTH without a winner. Neutrality across the board would end up with increased sales.
Disney may very well be a Jones in this case. They make the switch to neutrality claiming it's for the consumer (and it is). They make a big PR "We love the consumer," campaign about it, and the other Studios will follow suit.
Bob's right. The format war is bad. However LP & Cassettes lived side by side for a long time.
Here is a quote from today on thedigitalbits.com:
Additional catalog Blu-ray title announcements will follow in the weeks ahead. This is in addition to a number of new-release Blu-ray announcements that are expected to happen throughout 2007. Says BVWHE president Bob Chapek: "Blu-ray is the strongest high definition format on the market and we are very pleased to add this amazing slate of Blu-ray releases that will appeal to our core demographic. With the dual-layer, 50GB discs now becoming standard, the possibilities for exciting new interactive features and additional bonus content are endless."
It would appear from this that Mr. Chapek has decided to stay with Blu-ray exclusivity as the best solution for resolving the format war.
WRT your analogy about LP and cassettes co-existing: yes but they met very different use-cases. LP's were for at home, and cassettes were for cars and Walkmen. Both were put out of business by the CD, which matched both use cases. In the case of Blu-ray and HD DVD, I fail to see how these formats have that kind of difference.
You seem to have been recently arguing for co-existence of both formats. Personally, I could live with that, but I think that the market is rejecting both formats because of the format war.
I counted up today that I have 12 friends with expensive, front-projection home theatre systems, not to mention all of the people that I know who have flat panel HDTV's. Not a single one has bought either format!
This includes a theatre owner who owns 130 screens, 20 video stores, and has a 35mm screening room as well as two front-projection setups. Another friend used to own a laser disk store and just bought a new 1080P projector. A third is a former union projectionist (as am I). Etc.
I am the only person I know who has bought one of the new formats. Years ago, I used to show people my LD's, and a few days later, they would tell me they had bought an LD player. Now, I show them my hd disk player, they say "wow", but then decline to invest because of the format war. Several people have told me, "Call me and tell me when the format war is resolved so I can buy one."
As opposed as I have been to studio exclusivity, I am wondering if it isn't time for a decision to be made for one or the other format and move forward with that format, rather than continue to go nowhere.