Originally Posted by Richard Paul
Personally I think that Toshiba's cost reductions on their HD DVD players are helping HD DVD software sales. As for irony I think that can more easily be found in the fact that the same HD DVD supporters who used to mock Blu-ray supporters for talking about the future now spend a good amount of their time talking about it.
But that is just my point, many of the BDA Supporters harping on HD-DVD Software sales were the same ones using the 'PS3 Under The Tree' Excuse 6 months ago. For the record, I agreed with them when it came to software sales back then as I felt we wouldn't see a major change until people started unwrapping their toys and cashing in their gift cards. Frankly, I wish people would pick a stance and stay with it. I guess part of the problem, though, is that we're lumping all BDA and HD DVD Supporters together, when they don't all necessarily share *all* the same views.
If you are going to consider the PS3 to be a Blu-ray player doesn't that mean that Blu-ray has outsold HD DVD in both hardware and software? Or do you intend to consider the PS3 to be a Blu-ray player only when it suits you?
I'm not really suggesting that all PS3's are used to watch movies; unfortunately, we don't have any idea what the real numbers are. That said, it was Sony that basically trojan horsed this thing and they are the first ones to use the PS3 numbers as sales when it suits them, and conveniently leave them out when it doesn't ... sometimes even in the same press release.
Granted there are more companies supporting Blu-ray but last I checked there are a few multi-billion dollar companies supporting HD DVD. Also as long as Blu-ray wins this format war what difference does it make by what amount they did it?
Right ... so in the end, it's a lot closer than what everyone seems to be making it out to be. If we start counting Indy studios, then HD DVD has more support; but who has more titles? In the end, it's pretty close. Blu-ray has 30 more or so, with HD-DVD scheduled to release a +30 delta by end of year. Plus, when you factor in that you can get some of the Blu-ray exclusive titles across the pond on HD-DVD, and the delta is even smaller. In fact, I heard Disney's Bridge to Terabithia is going to be out on HD-DVD. *shrug*
Not everyone that bought a PS3 is playing Blu-ray discs at the moment and I am pretty sure you knew that already.
Agree ... but they're likely not playing games on it either, fwiw.
Well once we start seeing BD-Video 1.1 players on the market Warner won't have an excuse anymore for delaying several of their big name movies. At which point we will see if Warner is in some form being paid to favor HD DVD or if they are truly neutral in this format war.
Exactly! I'm waiting to see how that pans out myself. If WB starts pumping out BD1.1 releases, then we'll know they just weren't blowing smoke with their excuses like some of the other studios have been doing (ala Fox, Disney, Universal, etc).