Warner’s Tsujihara says: This was all about what was best, strategically, for us.

January 4, 2008 by · 8 Comments 

We see now that High Def Digest is reporting that the studio took no pay-offs to exclusively back Blu-ray. In a post-announcement conference call, Tsujihara flatly denied rumors that studio had accepted anywhere from 250M to $500M in exchange for dropping its HD DVD format support. The decision "was one hundred percent around what makes [...]

Toshiba Responds to the Warner News

January 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Toshiba has responded in a press release to the news (see below) that Warner will stop releasing new titles on HD DVD in mid 2008. In the press release Toshiba reaffirms their support of the HD DVD format and states that it is surprised by Warner’s decision. Curiously they say that "HD DVD players and [...]

The End is Here…? Warner to Become Blu-ray Exclusive

January 4, 2008 by · 11 Comments 

The news is out. EngadgetHD is reporting, Video Business is reporting, and Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting… Warner will be Blu-ray exclusive after May 2008. The move is said to be in response to consumer demand, though rumor has it as a very expensive investment from the BDA. All I can say is what I [...]

Marantz to Present Blu-ray Player at CES 2008

January 4, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

We read at that Audio Video Revolution is reporting that Marantz will debut its BD8002 player at CES 2008. The player seems to have the works including Final Standard Profile, 7.1 analogue outputs and DTS-HD:MA as well as Dolby TrueHD decoding internal to the unit. The unit also features the Silicon Optix Realta chipset [...]

Price Reduction Continues on High-Def Players

December 21, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

A report on Home Media Magazine notes that the price continues to fall for HD Disc players. The article notes that we should see sub-$300 across the board next year, and predicts less than $100 by 2011, based on a report from the research firm Understanding & Solutions. The same report apparently notes that software [...]

War Gets Nasty – Blu-ray Official Site Hacked

December 21, 2007 by · 13 Comments 

The format war got a little nastier today. It appears that HD DVD supporters have hacked the official BDA site so that it now shows the HD DVD PRG site instead. Personally I think that stooping to this level is pretty shameful – none the less I guess it demonstrates how strongly some folk feel [...]

The End is Here … Again!

December 21, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

And this time we have a winner! While these kinds of prediction articles can be a bit tiresome, this one from Hollywood Reporter comes with a few interesting statistics. After the usual Playstation 3 dominance note, we are told that in Europe Blu-ray Discs outsell HD DVD in a ratio of 3 to 1. We [...]

The End is Still Near

December 18, 2007 by · 10 Comments 

Variety is reporting that UK media research firm Screen Digest is predicting the end of the format war in 2008. In an interesting ‘bet hedging’ strategy, they don’t say which side will win, just that it will end.  The premise is that it would only take one major player to shift allegiances in order to [...]

Playstation 3 Firmware Update Released

December 18, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

Probably most of you are aware that Playstation 3 is now updating to firmware 2.10. This update adds Divx and WMV decoding for video as well as a voice pitch changer that can be used during chat (for what purpose I don’t yet know). This release is rumoured to also include support for Final Standard [...]

Bourne Ultimatum HD DVD an Also Ran?

December 17, 2007 by · 13 Comments 

Ok, I know this post will be a little controversial so please consider it in a ‘light hearted, mischievous’ sense rather than a serious one… So, has anyone noticed that the Bourne Ultimatum sales reports don’t have much of anything to say about the HD DVD sales? The Video Business article doesn’t mention HD DVD [...]

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