Originally Posted by Maxpower1987
The decision made by Viacom to take Paramount HD DVD exclusive had little to do with replication concerns or any technical concerns for that matter, that is completely different issue over which I have little inclination to discuss here.
I guess you are stating that it was all about money (or more simply stated, a payoff). I don't know whether money changed hands or not, but I know that the cost of producing BD50 titles was a very big factor in their decision.
Yes, in non-Sony/MEI plants the yields for BD-50s are pretty terrible, but many have been open all of 2-3 months compared to Sony's Shizuoka plant which has been doing BD-50 for much longer (pretty much since the birth of the format in the form of PDD, though PDD requires a caddy).
We all know that BD is always going to be a waiting game - it always has been from the start, and new developments are set to make the whole process much quicker, i.e. cut the cycle time by a sizeable amount and hopefully get yields up nearer CD/DVD type levels.
The BD folks have been promising this for a long time and have yet to deliver on this as of yet.
What remains to be seen is if these breakthroughs will amount to anything, a lot of people are hopeful.
I'm sure they are, but hope and reality are two different things.
What I was trying to get across is that this wasn't an unexpected turn of events.
I disagree with you on this point though. I think they fully expected that by this point their yields would be much higher than they are currently.
Also it isn't two lines, it is two facilities, Shizuoka and Terre Haute which supposedly get decent BD-50 yields from Sony.
I agree, I should have been more specific than I was. Point taken.