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There are almost no new releases planned for the next 4 months! http://www.darkhorizons.com/dvdreleases2.php There are numerous BD stuff coming but almost nothing for HD. Does anyone have any info on this. Why would the HD DVD camp be withholding everything when BD are getting titles like Layer Cake, THe Prestige, and Casino Royale all confirmed. While I own both BD and HD Im more inclined to buy the BD version as this format war seems to be going to BD, but my PS3 doesn't have support for lossless audio so Im probobly going to buy the HD versions of The Departed, and the new NIN DVD because my with my A1 Im using 5.1 analog and getting Dolby True HD. Anyway, they better start annoucing titles soon are people are gonna go straight to BD.
 

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HD DVD are usually announced from 2 week to 4 week ahead, except for Day To Date (with DVD), this has been the case since April 2006
 

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Why would they annouce only 2-4 weeks before the release? Thats retarded. (excuse my french) Pre-orders are huge for places like Amazon where a title can have months of exposure before it's even released. 2 weeks is not enough time to get promotion and the hype machine going for a big release. Watch what Sony will do with Casino Royale. They will pimp that release for months before it comes out. I just don't understand why the HD DVD side is so tentative right now. Barely any new releases "announced" untill may and Universal being basically a no show at CES has me worried. Id rather have HD DVD win as their players and software are cheaper, and I wouldn't have to buy a new receiver with HDMI 1.3 to get lossess audio from my PS3.
 

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If those championing HD DVD aren't getting it then they are truly lost. It's plain old obvious that "THE PEOPLE" are wavering because of BD's announced LIST that makes HD DVD imo have to publish theirs or pay the consequences of people leaving as they are doing. If they cannot announce then maybe there is a problem and that is why people are leaving because YOU ARE NOT ANNOUNCING. You HD DVD now have to announce ASAP something fairly accurate at least on a month basis. How do you not get this? Why wouldn't you want to let those know what is expected? Unless there is a problem. 6 PER WEEK!
 

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One of my two suppliers told me the Ma and Pa Video stores aren't backing the HD DVD's just yet. They have that wait and see attitude right now. So one of my two suppliers only carry the latest releases in HD DVD and it's almost impossible to order any HD DVD's that came out 6 to 8 weeks ago from them, no problems ordering any Blu-ray.
 

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In case anyone missed this, here are a couple of Amir's posts on this issue from yesterday:

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Just a bit of background on the current situation. In the months leading to holiday 2006 the studios really, really pushed the post houses to produce. Folks were doing three shifts producing titles across the board. We put our people in to help with the toughest titles and we managed to get through it. But then the holidays came and CES and folks took a breather.


Now the machinery is getting back in gear. Some of the most sought after titles are getting encoded now that would put the titles from last year to shame . I expect to see even stronger slate this year than has. As we have announced, we expect 300 new titles to come out this year.


So bear with us as the pipeline gets full again. And check out the independent titles coming out of Europe and such. This may be a good to enjoy some of these, as opposed to Hollywood blockbusters .


And thanks much for a great 2006. Your support of HD DVD was fantastic and we really appreciate it!
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&post9536905

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Thanks for the update and "hope" that good things are on the horizon. I'm still a little puzzled, however, why the BD studios "post houses" seemingly didn't take a breather during the holidays. HD DVD's count for January and February is at 12 titles. BD count for that same period is 43 titles. That just seems odd to me if it were a "normal" production slowdown after the holidays.

A couple of reasons for that. First, Fox and Disney didn't publish as much as HD DVD studios did last year (i.e. their post houses were less busy as a result). Second, Sony does a lot of BD encoding using real-time MPEG-2 encodes with a maximum production cycle of 2 days. This lets them get titles out faster, but I would argue that they are schedule driven, rather than quality driven as a result.
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If those championing HD DVD aren't getting it then they are truly lost. It's plain old obvious that "THE PEOPLE" are wavering because of BD's announced LIST that makes HD DVD imo have to publish theirs or pay the consequences of people leaving as they are doing. If they cannot announce then maybe there is a problem and that is why people are leaving because YOU ARE NOT ANNOUNCING. You HD DVD now have to announce ASAP something fairly accurate at least on a month basis. How do you not get this? Why wouldn't you want to let those know what is expected? Unless there is a problem. 6 PER WEEK!

I agree with this, however, I will not leave HD DVD...if HD DVD is the Titanic, I'll be the last person jumping into the Atlantic.



Seriously, there are definitely a lot of uneasy folks out there and if hardcore HD backers start buying BluRay hardware....they're in trouble! Can Amir shed some light for some of these content starved folks? Universal is in hibernation and Warner hasn't released dates for the Matrix, Harry Potter etc...
 

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I agree with this, however, I will not leave HD DVD...if HD DVD is the Titanic, I'll be the last person jumping into the Atlantic.

A little heads up: there are some icebergs ahead.
 

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If those championing HD DVD aren't getting it then they are truly lost. It's plain old obvious that "THE PEOPLE" are wavering because of BD's announced LIST that makes HD DVD imo have to publish theirs or pay the consequences of people leaving as they are doing. If they cannot announce then maybe there is a problem and that is why people are leaving because YOU ARE NOT ANNOUNCING. You HD DVD now have to announce ASAP something fairly accurate at least on a month basis. How do you not get this? Why wouldn't you want to let those know what is expected? Unless there is a problem. 6 PER WEEK!

I agree with everything you said. The only reason I'm considering buying a Blu-Ray player right now is because of the announced titles. If HD DVD wants me to not buy into BD and stay HD DVD exclusive, they need to announced actually titles soon, not just this "300 titles this year" generic BS they keep tossing out.
 

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While I prefer HD over BR...this is just nuts. Universal needs to announce SOMETHING. We have what, 10 titles so far announced in advance? BR has 60+. We need titles. My BR collection is closing in on my HD collection and ive only owned a PS3 for 4 weeks.
 

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I will agree with everyone's sentiments. I have been an HDDVD supporter since release and I have seriously considered picking up a PS3 for the assortment of titles. This is actually a bigger blow to HDDVD than they realize. Most of us are not stupid rich and so the average consumer probably only picks up 1 or 2 titles a week. So if I own both formats and Blu Ray has 10 good ones to choose from and HDDVD has 1, guess where my money is going to go.
 

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This just creates very bad rep for HD DVD in retail stores as well.


Most Best Buy stores are already BD supportive. If they catch wind that HD DVD are not releasing movies (or not nearly the amount the BD are) then that will be just another peice to pushing consumers to not buy into HD DVD.


There are a LOT of movies I really want to see on BD. But I'm still holding out, just waiting for another year to see what comes for HD DVD. And yeah, I'm really holding out on this war being won by HD DVD because I just bought a $900 player (XA2) and my wife will KILL ME if it becomes a relic.
 

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Who cares if there are titles announced, when you wouldn't be able to buy them anyway?


If there are weeks of no new titles available to PURCHASE, then I would start worrying. But as long as you have something to buy every week don't get too excited guys.
 

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Who cares if there are titles announced, when you wouldn't be able to buy them anyway?


If there are weeks of no new titles available to PURCHASE, then I would start worrying. But as long as you have something to buy every week don't get too excited guys.

Exactly.


If it makes you feel any better, take a look at the list of movies at the bottom of this page. These are just SOME of the planned releases but just don't have definate release dates yet.
 

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We know about some movies being released in theaters months in advanced, but we can't even know about HD-DVd releases until 2 weeks out? What is wrong with this picture? Not announcing release dates sounds more like they don't want to be "responsible" to the consumers.
 

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Exactly.


If it makes you feel any better, take a look at the list of movies at the bottom of this page. These are just SOME of the planned releases but just don't have definate release dates yet.

But why wait when there are numerous more titles announced with dates on BD and about 75% of the movies on that list are from Neutral studios.
 

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Personally, I believe the "slowdown" has something to do with HD DVD security although nobody will admit it. Maybe it's just a coincidence that since the time the "code" was cracked late last year, there have been few announced releases. I think they are working on a fix and have delayed production for that reason.


That actually makes a lot more sense than "oh, they're just taking a break after the holidays." Sure. There MUST be something else going on here that they are not talking about.
 
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