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This is pure speculation on my part, but I am now thinking that the people that run Warner Bros. are playing all the other studios in this formart "war".


Warner has something it wants to sell and that's TotalHD discs. There is a lot of money to be mined in those royality hills and Warner wants it. The only way to get it is to have two healthy formats. IMO, Warner is massaging HD DVD with a release schedule geared to its support. There is little doubt in my mind that Warner could have made more money with the Martrix by releassing it on both BD and HD DVD at the same time (right now) and then going back and rereleasing it on BD when the interactive features are ready for a double dip and more profit! A little short term pain for some long term gain seems to be the order of the day. Right now Warners can use the cover, or convenient excuse, that BD isn't ready for these releases yet, but I think Warner is really keeping HD DVD in the "game" to some extent for those royalities coming down the road.


Warner is now only studio selling lots of titles on both formats and probably making the most money. If it is its intention to keep HD DVD a viable format, and with its library and current production this is a distinct possibility with a little fine tuning of its release schedule, then this format "war" is a long term clash and the longer it goes on the possibility that exclusive studios will go where the money is and release on both formats becomes almost a given. If this does indeed happen then Warner will be ready to reap in its royalities from the sale of millions of TotalHD discs. This will be a win win situation for retailers (less shelf space), studios (making profits from everyone), and consumers (only having to buy one player).


Blu-Ray supporters feel that Wasrner's release schedule shows a bias in favour of HD DVD. Actually it shows a bias in favour of Warner Bros.



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For a second there, I thought you were gonna say the Enron documentary was coming out!
 

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Originally Posted by Deja Vu /forum/post/0


Warner has something it wants to sell and that's TotalHD discs. There is a lot of money to be mined in those royality hills and Warner wants it.

Warner mentioned at CES that there wouldn't be a fee for any other studio to use Total HD. I don't think there's really much chance of Total HD taking off, though, for Warner or anyone else.
 

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I don't think there's really much chance of Total HD taking off, though, for Warner or anyone else.

Nor do I. In fact, I'll be surprised if Warner actually uses TotalHD discs itself. They were originally supposed to be available in June IIRC. If that were the case we should have heard some announcements by now. I think they may have quietly scrapped the idea.
 

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 http://hdtvorg.co.uk/news/articles/2007051701.htm

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Warner Bros is hedging its bets in the High Definition (HD) format war with the introduction of HD discs compatible with Blu-ray and HD DVD players.


Warner is calling its new solution Total HD' and spokespeople for the company have said that major retailers across the US have agreed to stock the discs.


The hybrid HD Discs will be available in US in the second half of this year with the launch of MI:3, Batman Begins and Superman Returns. If the format proves to be successful in the US, expect to see them on these shores some time in the new year.


Executives from Warner have indicated that the price of Total HD discs will not differ substantially from standard Blu-ray or HD DVD. This will come as a relief to consumers who feel they have been pawns in the HD format wars.


Some industry insiders have criticised Warner's approach, saying it prolongs the HD disc battle by creating a third format. Letting Sony and Toshiba do battle would lead to a quicker resolution, some critics say.


However, Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Entertainment stated that 'From our perspective, it's good for consumers. It's more flexible and it takes away the whole fear of buying the wrong format'.


The only thing certain at the moment is that the HD disc format war is not about to cool down just yet.

Nothing that really impacts us HD DVD fans. Just 3 titles that will have been out for a year once they hit.
 

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I have a feeling that Total HD is a unhappy memory at this point. No one on either side wants them, nor do they want to pay the premium for a 2nd and redundant HD version (whichever one that may be in your view) on the flip side of the HD format they actually use.
 

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M:I-3 is a Paramount title, not Warner, so I'd say that report above has its facts crossed.
 

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The Enron documentary is already available on both formats.

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_ite...searchID=63543

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_ite...searchID=63543

Wrong. The HD DVD has been announced, but no release date has been given. I've been wanting to buy it for months, but no info has come apart from the original announcement. The link you provided simply says they will e-mail you when the HD DVD is up for preorder. It's about as concrete as the US Harry Potter HD DVD releases. We know they're coming, but don't know when.
 

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I don't think any of the movie distributers are happy with the HD sales figures. Casino Royale was the only 100,000 discs sold in HD to date.

I would imagine it's sales of new releases that interests the distributers and on that front they seem more concerned about piracy. Perhaps, with re-releases they are only maintaining the formats waiting for it to take off.

Warner is re-releasing the Matrix as a boxed set in other words the only people that are going to buy the set, are the collectors. Pirates of the Caribbean is another re-release.

I loved watching the Matrix for the first time and watched it many times in DVD. At this point I'm not yet convinced I'll buy the boxed set on Tuesday only because I know what will come next in the film and looking for background detail.....
 

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I thought this issue had been sorted out a long time ago. Hasn't the issue for Warner not releasing blu-ray simultaneously with HD DVD been a technical one? specifically in regard to the IME and BD player specs not being finalized? Or is this just the company line they're giving everyone...
 

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Originally Posted by Ohgami /forum/post/0

http://hdtvorg.co.uk/news/articles/2007051701.htm


"The hybrid HD Discs will be available in US in the second half of this year with the launch of MI:3, Batman Begins and Superman Returns. If the format proves to be successful in the US, expect to see them on these shores some time in the new year."

Even the Warner titles there seem a little strange unless they can do HD30/BD50 TotalHD discs this year, since SR was a BD50 and I thought BB took over 25GB. They might be able to take the PiP and lossless audio off for the BD side and fit it in 25GB, but I wonder where the information about those specific movies came from.


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I wish somebody would just ask Warner about the status of TotalHD, because since their last official announcement on it there has been nothing but completely baseless speculation. I think the notion that they have scrapped the idea is more wishful thinking then anything else. Warner has given no reason to suggest they aren't still actually completely on track on behind TotalHD. Hopefully, we'll hear some news on it soon...
 
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