Originally Posted by MikeDV
Most of the recent cost and yield comparisons have been comparing HD30 to BD50.
As they should be. Apples and Apples. Dual layer versus dual layer.
Since the majority of new HD-DVD releases seem to be on HD30/DVD9 combo discs, can you give us the number of replicators that are producing these HD30/DVD9 discs, the costs and yields?
Don't have either to offer. But can say that relative to BD50, hybrids are way easier to make. After all, DVD-18 has been in production for a long time. But folks could not even manufacture one BD-50 disc when the format was launched last year.
Mind you, they are more expensive than HD DVD-30 because of the additional steps. But nowhere near BD-50 because there is no new science. And of course, those lines can make normal DVDs which you cannot do with BD.
After all, there have been many arguments that 300 did not sell as well on HD DVD, despite the advantage in interactivity, due to the $5 cost differential.
I checked earlier on Amazon and 300 rank for BD is #7 whereas it is #2 for HD DVD. Quite an accomplishment given the fact that as you say, the HD DVD is retailing for $27.95 verus $24.95 for BD version. So it seems at least on Amazon, the HD DVD is selling much better, despite higher retail price.
If these discs were more cost efficient with better yields wouldn't it have been prudent to cost them the same? If not, does that indicate that there are consumers that feel that combo discs and interactivity are not worth $5?
No, both of your conclusions are incorrect. First, the studios are pricing these titles "to market." Every time I complain to an HD DVD studio about high retail price of combos, they tell me about Fox pricing for BD titles. Besides, you don't know that the studios are paying market price for BD-50. I believe Talk confirmed that subsidy is involved. If so, then all bets are off until those contracts run out.
Second, 300 arguably had a better fit to PS3 demographics than typical HD DVD owner which is more of a movie buff.
But per above, to sell as well as it has despite higher retail price, and better than BD version on Amazon if my read of the stats are right, shows the remarkable power of HD DVD brand and desirability of the extras in the HD DVD version.
There, you spin things your way, and I show you how it is done in reverse.