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post #31 of 4258
Since I'm format neutral it doesn't really matter that much. I just wish my S300 player was as good as my A2. Oh well, guess I'll need to buy another blue ray player if I want to continue to play in the long term.
post #32 of 4258
Wow, simply wow !!! I just purchased a HD-A3 a couple of months ago. Luckily I only paid $99 for it
So now its

hddvd : Paramount/dreamworks, Universal Studios
bluray : Sony, Disney/Buena Vista, Fox/MGM, Warner, Lionsgate.

This is not looking good for hddvd. Well, i can see this "FORMAT WAR" having a most likely winner by the end of the year.
post #33 of 4258
I agree w/WiFi-Spy, this is game over ... the beginning of the end for HD DVD. Sad, but I think Warner made the right move. I've supported HD DVD since its launch and warmed up to Blu-ray as they caught up in quality, but w/a single format, we'll get more market acceptance of HDM and those big titles we still want.

Blu-ray owes a lot to HD DVD though ... quality and price namely.
post #34 of 4258
*A moment of silence*
post #35 of 4258
Do a little Dance, make a little love, get down tonight!

YES!
post #36 of 4258
I'm going to go cry. I'll be back in a little.
post #37 of 4258
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Originally Posted by TimV View Post

WOW. This is a pretty big deal. If anything, I would have expected them to go with HD DVD.

Why?

Blu-Ray has been consistently outselling HD-DVD by an average of 65% - 35%!

Why would they want to lose money and go exclusively with HD-DVD???
post #38 of 4258
I wish they also said they'd be releasing 1000 titles this year too. Don't care which format. Consumers want more movies!

larry
post #39 of 4258
Neither Variety nor The Hollywood Reporter have this story.

No link was provided for the OP. It is quoting 2 top WB executives and nothing is on the net that says this is a real story.

Link please
post #40 of 4258
Even though I have a BR player, I hate this news. This pretty much spells the end of BR BOGO's for a LONG time.

Now we all get to pay $25 for new releases.
post #41 of 4258
just announced in CNBC..... just wondered why they kept saying microsoft and not toshiba
post #42 of 4258
Quote:

That link is to a story about "2 sources" leaking the news, not the actual press release. Where did the OP get the press release?

Yes, I agree that the BD folks probably leaked this before Warner made their announcement. Sad.

Very sad news if true, I think. Still, we have put up a very good fight for what we believe in.

Let's see how things go next.
post #43 of 4258
yeah this is a big blow for hd-dvd.... guess it means i will be using the xbox live service more (or until bluray hits 99 bucks just like hd-dvd)
post #44 of 4258
My biggest problem with this, is that if it does kill HD-DVD, the prices for players and movies could start to rise again.

Getting rid of competition is almost never a good thing.
post #45 of 4258
Well, I think this is the beginning of the end for HD-DVD. It may take a while, but it is hard to see how this goes any other way.
post #46 of 4258
Now what?
post #47 of 4258
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Originally Posted by Lee Stewart View Post

Where is the link to the OP?

Here.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/s...75&newsLang=en

No author listed at all, and other than the short reuters article posted in this thread I can't find a confirmation anywhere else yet.


I stand corrected, CNBC also has an article up now.
post #48 of 4258
Alright BD companies, get off your butt and make us some decent profile 2.0 standalone BD players. Warner can't even do PIP with most standalones. Beware, here come all of the BD fanboys from Bluray.com.
post #49 of 4258
post #50 of 4258
And remember folks, as hard as it is for some of you, there's no need to get juvenile given this news.

larry
post #51 of 4258
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Originally Posted by mhtom View Post

DOH! I wonder if Warner is still scheduled to speak at the HD DVD group at CES. LOL.

Yeah, that is definately going to be awkward.
post #52 of 4258
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Originally Posted by jagouar View Post

yeah this is a big blow for hd-dvd.... guess it means i will be using the xbox live service more (or until bluray hits 99 bucks just like hd-dvd)


Not a blow YET.

Let the smoke settle and the press release fall then and only then is it a blow.

Was today the call in??
post #53 of 4258
This is bad news for both formats.

A monopoly is not good any way you look at it. I wish the price war continued for another couple of years until discs were $10 each and players were sub $50.
post #54 of 4258
Now we don't have to worry about HD DVDs slipping into Blu-ray cases anymore.
post #55 of 4258
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Originally Posted by rdjam View Post

That link is to a story about "2 sources" leaking the news, not the actual press release. Where did the OP get the press release?

Yes, I agree that the BD folks probably leaked this before Warner made their announcement. Sad.

Very sad news if true, I think. Still, we have put up a very good fight for what we believe in.

Let's see how things go next.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/22507036

I'll find the article where they say "email from warner" next
post #56 of 4258
Per Nikki Finke of DeadlineHollywoodDaily, who was one of the first to break the Paramount/Dreamworks News (and has been doing a damn good job covering the strike as well):

http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.co...n-that-format/




This is a huge development in the Blu-ray versus HD-DVD format war currently raging on. Warner Bros, which had been producing its high-def DVD titles in both formats, will start the Blu-ray exclusive later this year. The decision was made in response to stroing consumer preference for the Blu-Ray format, according to WB's announcement. I'd been hearing rumors for months that Warner Bros had been offered in the neighborhood of $250 million to go exclusively with HD-DVD. Less lavish but still big payments already had been offered and accepted by both Paramount and DreamWorks Animation to go HD-DVD exclusive. And yet director Michael Bay, whose Transformers was a big lure for the HD-DVD side, still has been publicly questioning the wisdom of choosing that format over Blu-ray. This Christmas, consumers were lobbied hard by both sides as dirt-cheap Toshiba HD-DVD players were advertised heavily by Wal-Mart while the higher priced Blu-ray players were also discounted by electronics retailers though not nearly as much.

Here's the Warner Bros news release:

(January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers.”

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.
“Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”

“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”
post #57 of 4258
Nothing at the TW press release site...could be the site hasn't been updated...

http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom
Time Warner - Newsroom
post #58 of 4258
Well, I am waiting for the actual press from Warner before I actually care. Format neutrality will do that.

Too many rumors over the last year of HD DVD exclusivity, BD exclusivity, neutrality...just tired of it.

And in actuality, I really don't care. Just move one aisle over at BB to get my movies.
post #59 of 4258
This pretty much sucks because i have way less problems with my HD DVDs then my BLu Rays including there players and long load times.
post #60 of 4258
Wonder what Ebay is going to look like in a little bit?
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