FWC’s Top 5 Stories of 2008

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on December 31, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Disney, Format War, Hardware, HD DVD, Paramount, Software, Xbox 360

It has been a very eventful year when it comes to high definition video content. Everything from the end of HD DVD, to the fast rise of Vudu’s HD content library, have all happened in the last 12 months.

Here is a look back at Format War Central’s most viewed stories of 2008.

1. Warner Swayed By $500 Million From The BDA

2. Disney Goes EULA Crazy on Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray

3. HDCP Required for Xbox 360 HD Netflix Streaming Over DVI

4. Dissected: Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player

5. Iron Man Shatters Blu-ray Sales Records

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3 Responses to “FWC’s Top 5 Stories of 2008”

  1. The Guardian on January 1st, 2009 7:02 am

    Interesting that the top three are somewhat negative…

  2. Dave Cowl on January 1st, 2009 11:58 am

    Yep, that is the kind of news that ‘sells’

  3. Ryan on January 1st, 2009 2:39 pm

    All news is genuinely negative … but sometimes it just depends on which side of the story you’re on, as well as which side is reporting.

    In advance; Sorry I’m hating on the list – I realize this is a ‘most viewed’ rather than the top 5 moments according to FWC, just another opinion in case someone decides to go that route.

    Inevitably the fall of BD main competitor has to be the # 1 story – and I get that Iron Man’s release is here, although it should likely be Dark Knight’s Box Office Success followed by it’s DVD/BD Success instead.

    As far as HDCP I recall it being an issue of big stink, but anything restricting your use of a new technology generally is – I don’t know that it calls to be on this list … Maybe an important event like a certain rice drop, or an incredible leap in player technology could be better served up here.

    I don’t agree with the EULA thing either, it was insane, yes – but not a top 5 story.

    Perhaps Transformers eventual BD release was a bigger story, as was Universal and Paramount’s decision/announcement to finally begin to release BD titles after Toshiba’s retreat.

    Anyone remember the BD drive for Xbox 360 stories? They were rumored but still more talked about than most other events.

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