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Was HD DVD going to be region coded ?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
We all know how important is region coding for studio.

Did you never find a little bit strange to see studios supporting a format that is region free ?

So i have a possible explanation about that:

They supported HD DVD because they knew that region coding was going to be activated at some point in the future.

Could this be true ? Does anyone have info ? Will we know the truth someday ?
post #2 of 14
No, it was not in the final specification so there is nothing to be activated. Close thread. 100% pointless, with death of HD DVD format. Region encoding is anti-consumer, and forward thinking studios like Warner had no interest in it.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by grommet View Post

No, it was not in the final specification so there is nothing to be activated. Close thread. 100% pointless, with death of HD DVD format.

+1
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by grommet View Post

100% pointless, with death of HD DVD format.

And historical curiosity ?

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Region encoding is anti-consumer, and forward thinking studios like Warner had no interest in it.

The point of this thread was not to talk about the pros and cons of region encoding.
post #5 of 14
The thread was still pointless because there was no region coding and never was going to be. Case closed.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
http://www.dvdforum.org/gen-reqspec.htm

From the PDF "Requirements Specification for HD DVD Video Application"

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Apart from the requirements listed in this document it is required that the HD DVD Video application layer will support and improve upon features offered in DVD such as regional coding, multiple menu languages,
post #7 of 14
region coding on HD DVD could have been implemented at any time. it's kind of funny that people who believed in 51GB disks think region coding could never be implemented.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Right from the DVD Forum

http://www.dvdforum.org/34scmtg-resolution.htm

34th Steering Committee Meeting (May 24, 2006)

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Approval of
"HD DVD RPC Ad hoc group to work with appropriate WGs to develop a specification and enforcement plan for RPC on HD DVD-Video including region map and requirements in consultation with the studios"

Result => Approved
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
http://whathifi.com/forums/t/5138.aspx

Dec 20, 2007 9:51 AM

Clare Newsome, Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision

Answering the question: "Is all HD DVD multi region ?"

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the specification allows for region-coding to be introduced at a later date (ie future players may be coded)
post #10 of 14
There were discussions as recently as mid-2007 about adding region coding to HD DVD, but the DVD Forum dropped the idea then.
post #11 of 14
maybe thats why disney voted in favor of the 51gb disc spec?

you know though, in the end, it didnt matter. the 51gb never showed and the studios left. we can discuss all the faults and failures and point fingers everywhere, but looking back, it was simply content that beat hd dvd.
the methods sony (and toshiba as well) acquired that content is a whole 'nother issue. in the end there was more content "over there". and having 10m+ stand-alo...,blu-r..., i mean ps3's showed the studios where the potential money would be.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by olivaw View Post

Did you never find a little bit strange to see studios supporting a format that is region free ?

What I found strange was that studios supported a competing studio.
post #13 of 14
Maybe they trusted that the Studio's interests / concerns were similar to their own? Sell movies and make money, while safeguarding their Copyright?
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by grommet View Post

No, it was not in the final specification so there is nothing to be activated. Close thread. 100% pointless, with death of HD DVD format. Region encoding is anti-consumer, and forward thinking studios like Warner had no interest in it.

Agreed. Here's hoping Warners don't suddenly get interested in it again.. RC that is..
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