D-Theater was meant to be kind of a 'bridging' solution between DVD and a new HD disc format. Unfortunately the bridge is only half done and for about 12 to 24 months we will now have no prerecorded HD movie content at all.
I'll say it again...the studios are losing money by not continuing to release D-Theater titles. Stupid, stupid, stupid... There's a year + window before Blu-Ray/PS3 launch they've lost/continue to lose sales in...
(I say that because they'll only have significant software sales when the PS3 comes out)
DVHS is alive and well in my home theater until the arrival of Blu Ray and HD DVD. When my friends come over and I demo it on the Qualia their jaws drop. They can not believe it. That in and of itself makes DVHS worth it.
Estimates of over 1 year to bd players,ps3 and titles are surely off by ~6mos. Having said that I'm sorry to see dtheater fade to black. A format the studios should have had the cajones to push but instead it will be a footnote in hds story.
laserdisc is DEAD compared to DVHS. There were formal announcements from Pioneer of it's death. Victor has said nothing about it so it aint dead yet... consumer Beta died just a couple of years ago when the announcent from Sony of no blank tapes being produced. Prerecorded studio releases ceased in the 1990's. If Victor announce the same thing with Dtheater/DVHS blanks most people will just use SVHS.
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