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post #1 of 171
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I'm not normally a fan of www.thedigitalbits.com and Bill Hunt but I have to hand it to him that in the face of winning he has been especially gracious to the same HD DVD supporters that he has been at odds with over the past 18 months.

Apparently he has brought up an idea with the BDA folks to offer some kind of exchange or credit program to get their HD DVD movies on BD.

I think this is a great opportunity to offer an "olive branch" to HD DVD owners who might feel burned by the recent shakeup in the format war;

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Originally Posted by Bill Hunt View Post

One last note this evening: That idea I floated yesterday, that the BDA should offer an olive branch to HD-DVD consumers? I mentioned it to senior BDA executives this evening, and I think you can safely say that they're going to move forward with something along these very lines in the weeks ahead. We'll post more when we can, but the idea was definitely warmly received. In fact, plans are already in the works. We'll post more on this as things develop.
post #2 of 171
If they offer free players. I'll be there... I have no use for BD movies until then.
post #3 of 171
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Originally Posted by SugarBowl View Post

If they offer free players. I'll be there... I have no use for BD movies until then.

Lets not be greedy...
post #4 of 171
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Hey, I'm just glad that after all of the liquor and hookers that BDA paid for he is actually doing something for HD DVD fans!

I kid, I kid.

Well, not really, but credit on my HD DVDs would be great!
post #5 of 171
This would be a wonderful olive branch and would certainly get me feeling a lot better about recent developments. I would much rather trade my player for a BD player too but I'll take whatever I can get.
post #6 of 171
What would the timeframe be like? Would it be a sort of "ACT NOW SUPPLIES LIMITED!!!" sort of thing to try and force people to switch right now or could I get my disks swapped within a year or so when I can actually get a blu ray player?

And what disks would be supported?

Off the top of my head I would absolutly need my warner titles, which would be Batman Begins (How annoying would it be to have Dark Knight in a different format?), My HP box, and my Blade Runner set. I also have Pans Labyrinth and NiN beside you in time that concern me. NiN is probably never going to happen, I don't think an actual studio released it, but it is a Dual format available.

If Paramount an Uni go Blu, then my disk count just goes through the roof. I have 34 titles right now, I doubt all, or any will be replaced, but it's nice to think about.

*Edit* I know Batman Begins is not available on Blu yet, but it is announced, no reason to point that out please.
post #7 of 171
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Originally Posted by SugarBowl View Post

If they offer free players. I'll be there... I have no use for BD movies until then.

LOL.. yeah, I mean what would they do with my Universal and Paramount movies
post #8 of 171
Interesting, so they'll replace my Bourne HD DVDs with BD versions?

Even if Paramount and Universal dumped HD DVD tomorrow, I wouldn't see a reason to trade in my existing HD DVDs, or my XA2. They all still work just fine.
post #9 of 171
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Originally Posted by SugarBowl View Post

If they offer free players. I'll be there... I have no use for BD movies until then.

They could give you a free player and you'd still bitch that you had to buy the software.
post #10 of 171
If they had anything remotely close to my XA2, I would do it, but as of now, the XA2 is the best player out, though that new Panny looks interesting...
post #11 of 171
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Originally Posted by sharkcohen View Post

Interesting, so they'll replace my Bourne HD DVDs with BD versions?

We have no idea. It's just an idea that the BDA seems to be in favor of.

I would expect a kind of thing where you send in your HD DVDs with some kind of proof of purchase, maybe pay $5 and get a BD in return. Maybe they will limit it to only certain titles or only 10 per household.

The point is it's an olive branch, they don't really have to do anything but if this gets us (nearly) free stuff I'm all for it!
post #12 of 171
I wouldn't get excited.

They'll probably give you a $5 rebate towards the purchase of the BD version.
post #13 of 171
No Thank you....
post #14 of 171
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Originally Posted by Megalith View Post

I wouldn't get excited.

They'll probably give you a $5 rebate towards the purchase of the BD version.

Ya, let's take a big ole crap on it before we even know what it is!
post #15 of 171
Sorry, but the BDA will have to pry my HD DVD's from my cold.....dead........

Wait, $20 a movie? Sold!!!

J/K. My movies aren't going to stop working, so I think I'll keep them, and just keep buying whatever movies I want with whatever color case it's in.
post #16 of 171
On movies? Pass.
post #17 of 171
Any deal like this though would most likely be a limited time deal for Warner titles and from the sounds of it is currently just an idea. Logically speaking one would think that most HD DVD supporters would be encouraging this kind of deal to happen rather than mocking it but people aren't always logical.
post #18 of 171
Maybe the person who sends in the most HD-DVDs will also get a free dinner with Michael Bay, where he can scold for you for supporting a format that looks good, but one that certainly isn't high definition.
post #19 of 171
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Originally Posted by Richard Paul View Post

Logically speaking one would think that most HD DVD supporters would be encouraging this kind of deal to happen rather than mocking it but people aren't always logical.

I'm guessing that some HD DVD supporters realize that they will lose some other HD DVD supporters if people are given the option to exchange Warner HD DVDs for BDs. Obviously, not everybody will take advantage of any offer, but the BDA doesn't need everybody to take advantage of an offer, just enough of them. There are business reasons to offer something.

--Darin
post #20 of 171
I wouldn't mind swapping my HARRY POTTER HD DVD boxset for a BD set.
post #21 of 171
Wow. This will be a good thread to refer people to when asked why sympathy levels for HD-DVD owners are dropping precipitously. Maybe Warners should just cancel all their HD-DVD releases immediately and get it over with.
post #22 of 171
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Originally Posted by oscarfowler View Post

Wow. This will be a good thread to refer people to when asked why sympathy levels for HD-DVD owners are dropping precipitously. Maybe Warners should just cancel all their HD-DVD releases immediately and get it over with.

I hope your not referring to my post. I was serious about my question.
post #23 of 171
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Originally Posted by Richard Paul View Post

Any deal like this though would most likely be a limited time deal for Warner titles and from the sounds of it is currently just an idea. Logically speaking one would think that most HD DVD supporters would be encouraging this kind of deal to happen rather than mocking it but people aren't always logical.

It wouldn't be bad publicity.

Have the HD DVD owner provide a copy of a receipt for a new Blu player and offer a 1-1 swap for Warner titles.
post #24 of 171
That's a tricky one. Given I started with HD DVD and happen to very much like my players and the format, it's not at all clear I'd be in any hurry to swap the titles, though it IS clear many persons are already engaged in doing exactly that!

Perhaps I could swap my HD DVD Harry Potter Gift Set for the BR version? Interesting! (Oh, Larry already mentioned that above )
post #25 of 171
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Originally Posted by oscarfowler View Post

Wow. This will be a good thread to refer people to when asked why sympathy levels for HD-DVD owners are dropping precipitously. Maybe Warners should just cancel all their HD-DVD releases immediately and get it over with.


Well, they just have to get it out of their system.
post #26 of 171
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Originally Posted by Snickering Hound View Post

It wouldn't be bad publicity.

Have the HD DVD owner provide a copy of a receipt for a new Blu player and offer a 1-1 swap for Warner titles.

This is a bit of stretch, but anyone think it could possibly happen in store? Head into BB, take my warner titles with me, buy a PS3 and swap right there on the spot and send away for anything not in stock?

A stretch I know, but hey, just thought it was worth floating out there. I hope it doesn't require a receipt though. I have the invoice for my HP set still, but alot of my stuff was bought months ago and I don't have receipts for it.
post #27 of 171
I would do it in a hearbeat. I think many others would jump at the chance as well.
post #28 of 171
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Originally Posted by Shufflefield View Post

This is a bit of stretch, but anyone think it could possibly happen in store? Head into BB, take my warner titles with me, buy a PS3 and swap right there on the spot and send away for anything not in stock?

A stretch I know, but hey, just thought it was worth floating out there. I hope it doesn't require a receipt though. I have the invoice for my HP set still, but alot of my stuff was bought months ago and I don't have receipts for it.

That's expecting a bit much. Personally I would be thrilled if they offered title swapouts for a nominal price, say the cost to cover their overhead or around $5.

The good will would buy them a lot of new supporters, but yes, there are going to be people that won't be satisfied if they don't get a brand new player for FREE and get a bunch of movies swapped out for FREE. Remember that Betamax owners got a stick in the eye when Beta died. Anything we get is cake.

post #29 of 171
I thought rumors were not allowed here anymore? This place is going downhill again
post #30 of 171
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Rumor or not this directly pertains to the current situation. Sorry if it doesn't meet your criteria.
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