The Digital Bits: Paramount and Universal are going Blu

Posted by Dave Cowl on January 9, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Studios

universal.jpegIn today’s Two Cents post on The Digital Bits, Bill Hunt states that "Paramount and Universal are going Blu, but sorting out all the legal details and organizing the logistics takes time".

Citing his sources which are "second to none", Bill notes that Universal may not announce until February due to contractual obligations that end in January. 

Paramount.jpegFor Paramount he states that they will want to have a couple of titles to announce, which also takes time.

Bill also mentions the pressure from retailers to move to a unified format, a factor that I also believe will be key in the upcoming months. 

I know that Bill’s position is admired by some and despised by others, but it is certainly interesting to hear from him and his inside contacts – time will tell how accurate these statements are. 

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10 Responses to “The Digital Bits: Paramount and Universal are going Blu”

  1. C on January 9th, 2008 6:00 pm

    I pretty much gave up on Bill Hunt after his Paramount tantrum. I would like to hear about what kind of money is being waived at those two studios though.

  2. Merrick97 on January 9th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Probably little to no money at all. The BDA holds the cards not Universal and Paramount.

  3. The Guardian on January 9th, 2008 7:12 pm

    Universal might be offered something – perhaps help reencoding some movies for Blu-ray.

    I doubt they’d offer Paramount anything after what happened last summer.

    But overall, the BDA holds all the cards at this point.

  4. Kevin Murphy on January 9th, 2008 7:21 pm

    Why would movies need to be reencoded? Surely they’re not going to use Mpeg2 anymore?

    But anyway, as much as I believe that the end is nigh, Bill Hunt is about the last person I’d as for the time of day if it involved blu-ray.

  5. Dave Cowl on January 9th, 2008 7:51 pm

    Recodes to high bitrate AVC or VC-1 might be nice for Universal, even Paramount for titles since HD DVD exclusivity. Though Paramount always gave us nice encodes for BD so it is really only Universal that is unknown with respect to that. I also hope that Warner moves towards maxing out the bitrate, lossless ausio and extras in HD for their future Blu-ray releases.

  6. Merrick97 on January 9th, 2008 9:03 pm


    Bill Hunt is far more in the know than anyone you know. He knew about Warner last wednesday when the deals were signed, so you can bet that he knows whats going in regards to Paramount and Universal.

  7. Tyler Pruitt on January 9th, 2008 11:30 pm

    The Guardian,

    Universal could just use Microsoft’s tool to create a BD compatible stream from their HD DVD video encodes. Although some people would prefer them to do new encodes using the full bitrate of Blu-ray.

  8. Rob on January 10th, 2008 10:04 am

    Bill Hunt is a Sony Whore with about as much credibility as a Murdoch newspaper.

  9. Kevin Murphy on January 10th, 2008 10:22 am

    Bill Hunt may be “in the know” but he is also incredibly biased towards blu-ray and will shade everything. What you are saying is like saying that George Bush is “in the know” — doesn’t mean that everything he says is to be taken as true.

  10. Ryan Akins on January 10th, 2008 5:38 pm

    Nice ones Kevin & Rob : ) Love the Rupert Murdoch crack.

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