HD DVD Group Responds To Netflix/Best Buy

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on February 12, 2008 
Filed Under: Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

hddvdlogof.thumbnail.jpgHere is the official response from the HD DVD Promotions Group to the news that Netflix is dropping HD DVD. They also commented that Best Buy will continue to carry HD DVD products, even though they will recommend Blu-ray to their customers.

 "We have long held the belief that HD DVD is the best format for
consumers based on quality and value, and with more than 1 million HD
DVD players on the market, it’s unfortunate to see Netflix make the
decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy
announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will
continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail."

 [via Cnet]


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9 Responses to “HD DVD Group Responds To Netflix/Best Buy”

  1. Jonsson on February 12th, 2008 12:46 pm

    Their press releases are getting more and more lame. This one just sounds like a sorry excuse for not doing the right thing and admitting defeat right away.

    “…at least they will continue to…”

    Was this a real PR guy or someone just left in charge to clean up the mess?

  2. Juan on February 12th, 2008 2:27 pm

    I support HD DVD and I there seems to be no good news for my camp of choice. I must read 10 blu-ray news stories for every HD DVD story. I feel weary when going to purchase another HD DVD title thinking that eventually there won’t even be player to read my collection (God forbid mine breaks). I just wish there was some comfort zone I can relax in. If there was only someway I can rest assured knowing that maybe media disc players would play HD DVD just as easy as they can add DIVX, Kodak JPEG/Mpeg support. It is still a 5 inch disc but how much of a reality is compadibilty with future players going to be? I hope that there will be a way I can play my titles (which I continue to buy) on a player I do not have to search Ebay for. If Blu-ray does win I hope they buy HD DVD and adopt the format as another format thier players could read. I just feel that I’m throwing my money away by reserving discs on a doomed format because of Sony’s monpolized marketing-payoff isloation techniques. Maybe if Toshiba promises to manufacture HD-DVD players until 2015 even in the face of a recession then maybe I’ll be able to breathe deeper. I feel like I am buying Laserdiscs. Microsoft/Toshiba should throw some of it’s billions around and (1) incorporate HD DVD with 360 (2) extend the 5 free movie offer throughout the year (3) keep movies packaged in with all of thier players (4) Funnel a few million to the Adult movie industry and MAKE IT CHEAPER for them to produce films on the format buy throwing them money like Sony does to hollywood (5) Make companies who manufacture thier films as HD DVD exclusve advertise that it is a “HD DVD EXCLUSIVE” (6) COMFORT THE SUPPORTERS!

  3. Mehar on February 12th, 2008 3:51 pm

    Im not a fan of online rentals, why wait a week for a movie you can rent locally in a few minutes? Plus at Blockbuster you can keep the discs for as long as you want (2 weeks without a fee, a few more for just $1.50). I have only bought 5 HD movies from Best Buy, I usally buy mine from Future shop and HMV, so I really don’t know how next gen movies sell their.

    A bit off topic but: If this pushes Hardware sales alone, its not to great, but if it actually pushes software sales then thats awesome! Im guessing $129 was the softpoint for the drive, lets hope movie distributors prosper from it aswell. Hopefully these people who are buying the players shop at Best Buy :)

  4. Belard on February 12th, 2008 4:23 pm

    I love this PR guy… Wait, how do you SPIN bad news as still a good thing? I gather the HD-DVD promotional group isn’t exactly the same as Toshiba themselves, eh?

  5. Belard on February 12th, 2008 5:06 pm

    Juan –

    Sorry, it business and industry doesn’t work that way. Not even consumers. We can have 20+ different car makers because the cars work on a standard road. But lets say a car requires a road to be 2feet wider, or uses another form of gas that is incompatible with whats on the market now. HD-DVD is a single brand product with 3 models to choose from, period. Hey, I still have my Amiga computers and laser discs – but they don’t get any use, no new software, etc. *I* know what its like to be on a dying product line.
    I was/still upset about Amiga dying… DVD was a much needed replacement of the huge laser discs.

    I doubt that there is a comfort-zone… other than either sell your stuff cheap or buy a cheap used Toshiba for $50. But here is what I remember, I bought at least 15 used LaserDiscs for $2~3 each many years ago… I might have played 2-3 of them. Many have been replaced with $5~9 DVDs.

    A – while a media player may still play an HD-DVD discs, it still falls into the problem of hardware.

    B – Blu-Ray has no reason to BUY HD-DVD. That means Toshiba would still get royalities… About the most you could hope for is if they got the licence for free… but still, the laser hardware is different between BR/HDD.

    C – “Sony’s monpolized marketing-payoff” Its business. AFAIK – Sony hasn’t paid off anyone. Toshiba has publicly bought off Paramount. Both sides courted all the major studios. Nothing special. I personally prefered the future abilities of BR since the beginning… I own NEITHER player nor many of my friends because of the war. We’ll wait until BR manufacturing goes up (prices goes down).

    D – “if Toshiba promises to manufacture HD-DVD players until 2015″ – Not going to happen. There are less than a million HD-DVD owners (some people have bought 2-4 units), once the software drys up – that is it. The market will only shrink. HD-DVD owners will at least have a Up-Converting DVD player (As Toshiba now markets their products). When Sony ended BETAmax, there were over 15million units sold… they continued making limited hardware for 5years… the hardware never changed and those who bought only bought replacement units. Their last year of production was about 1000 units.

    E – Why would M$/Toshiba want to waste billions? Would you take 1/10th of your bank account to attempt to sell someting that nobody wants to buy? They’ve already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on HD-DVD.

    Now your ideas:

    1 – M$ will never make a built-in HD-DVD player, especially now. The 360 is already almost as exensive as a PS3. *IF* HD-DVD won the format war, THEN M$ most likely would have made such a version. M$ isn’t exactly known for having “balls”.

    2/3 – Toshiba will most likely continue this until every player is sold. I’m betting when Toshiba pulls the plug, the real FIRE-SALE will include 5-10 free HD-DVD movies off the shelf with a $50~75 A3.

    4 – M$/T don’t need to give the adult industry millions for porn. The porn industry isn’t going to make titles for a limited market. I don’t think Toshiba wants to be that desperate! PS: VHS didn’t win over BETA because of porn, but for the reasons BR is winning. More hardware support, more space/time.

    5 – “Make companies produce HD DVD exclusve”(edited) – Toshiba already has. Transformers? Blades of Glory? Shrik 3rd(yuk)? Anything from Universal. Click on HD-DVD stats above and to the right. And they do advertise. “On DVD and HD-DVD on Tuesday” But you see… more people buy BR movies over the HD-DVD ones of the same title (refer to 300). Trust me… U & P are both suffering in movie sales. Paramount wish they didn’t side with the HD-DVD payoff… they only prolonged this war. Paramount most likely would have switched to Blu when WB made their announcement last Janauary.

    6 – How are they supposed to comfort anyone? The best they can do, which will be in their last press release is Thanking all those who bought and supported HD-DVD so much.

    Sorry, I know how you feel. You’re in the same boat with a lot of other HD-DVD owners. People with Blu-Ray are not worried at all… thats a big difference.

  6. Jared on February 12th, 2008 5:54 pm

    LAME!!!!! HD DVD is dead as a doornail

  7. Jesterrace on February 12th, 2008 8:39 pm

    I’m curious to know if we will still be able to get CH-DVD imported from China since it is supposed to be compatible with existing HD-DVD hardware. That could be worth something if they have major Hollywood titles. Who knows.

  8. Jonsson on February 12th, 2008 10:38 pm

    Ha, in the old days US people ilegally imported Cuban cigars. Now they have found another communist dictatorship to illegally import junk from.

    I preferred the cigars. At least they are good quality :-)

  9. Abriael on February 13th, 2008 6:09 am

    @Juan: I’m sorry mate, but you seem to be largely misguided. You write about “Sony’s monpolized marketing-payoff isloation techniques”. Do you really believe what you wrote? Instead of blaming Sony, that just won the format war squarely and applying pretty normal business techniques, you should blame Toshiba, that’s effectively SCAMMING you, by keeping on the market a dieing product to squeeze every dime they can out of your pockets.
    It’s very simple.

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