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jwd

Subj: Re: Are the High-Defination Wars (Blu Ray vs HD-DVD) coming to an end?
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 07:08:09 pm EST
Reply Subj: Are the High-Defination Wars (Blu Ray vs HD-DVD) coming to an end?
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 01:58:02 pm EST

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In case anyone missed it Warner announced it was going strictly to Blu Ray a few days ago. It was the last major studio to make a decision and it get Blu Ray a big boost.

The rest is still unconfirmed rumors but it sounds like a lot of the other major studios left with HD-DVD may want to switch.

http://www.digitalbits.com/#mytwocents

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In the long run I think Blu Ray probably would be the way to go but I think its going to take awhile for them to take off. They have more memory capacity than the HD-DVD's but I think they're a little more expensive to produce. Eventually I'm sure like all electronics they'll start getting cheaper to produce and become more affordable. I can wait. I'm in no hurry to buy one. My standard DVD player works for me. \:\)

> In case anyone missed it Warner announced it was going strictly to Blu Ray a few days ago. It was the last major studio to make a decision and it get Blu Ray a big boost.
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> The rest is still unconfirmed rumors but it sounds like a lot of the other major studios left with HD-DVD may want to switch.
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> http://www.digitalbits.com/#mytwocents
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> In the long run I think Blu Ray probably would be the way to go but I think its going to take awhile for them to take off. They have more memory capacity than the HD-DVD's but I think they're a little more expensive to produce. Eventually I'm sure like all electronics they'll start getting cheaper to produce and become more affordable. I can wait. I'm in no hurry to buy one. My standard DVD player works for me. \:\)

If Paramount does go Blu-Ray exclusive, it would kill HD-DVD. HD-DVD doesn't have to win the video dvd segment, it just has to have a substantial amount of the market, say 30%. Less than that, its dead.

As for ideas, HD-DVD really needs to get Disney on their side, and exclusive. Disney movies, ABC series, Pixar movies all on DVD will get the family market, which ultimately is going to decide this format war.

I personally like the Micheal Bay theory that Microsoft is really only trying to prolong the war so that they can be the ultimate winner with digital downloading. The fact that Microsoft is willing to sink million or maybe billions into a product they want to fail only to make up that money in the end is amazing to me.

Another thing Microsoft really needs to do is make the X-Box 360 with a HD-DVD drive and really promote that. Maybe even come out with games that can only be played on a HD-DVD drive.

I personally think the HD-DVD is the way to go. Whenever you compare a HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies the HD-DVD is always better. Capacity is misleading because a) both formats are constantly raising their maximums with new technology, and b) the finished products never use the maximum capacity to begin with. Plus, HD-DVD is much more middle class friendly, with cheaper unit prices and an easier to understand name. Wal-Mart was selling HD-DVD players for $100, you can't beat that.

I was reading one report that experts think that HD-DVD will win in the future since they think that it will be the format for computers.



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