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Old 01-04-2008   #1
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Default Warner Pulls Support For HD DVD and Backs Blu-ray

In a massive blow to the HD DVD camp, mega-studio Warner Brothers, which has been releasing titles on both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, said today in a release that they will be only supporting Blu-ray going forward. The news comes days before the start of the Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, which is a frequent battleground for HD formats and technologies.

Warnersí support of Blu-ray adds to the growing list of the formatís supporters, including Disney, Sony, Fox and others. The news has been speculated for weeks on enthusiast forums without any formal confirmation.

Warners claims in their release that their decision will end the format war. However, Microsoft, Toshiba and others behind the HD DVD project likely will not go down easy. Warners also suggested that they were concerned about consumer confusion in the marketplace, yet they were the main culprit for releasing titles in both formats.
The next few days will be critical to see who, if anyone, will jump off the HD DVD bandwagon. Consumers and enthusiasts do not want additional players in their system in order to enjoy HD video content, and will therefore likely adopt Blu-ray if there is a Hollywood consensus for the format. With massive price drops during the holiday season and the familiar ďDVDĒ moniker for consumers, HD DVD did sell significant numbers of players. Blu-ray still has the edge in terms of software sales, mostly helped by Sony Playstation 3 units already installed in the marketplace.

Before people break out the champagne, itís important to point out that all isnít perfect in the world of Blu-ray, even with increased studio support. Blu-ray players are more expensive than HD DVD machines and their connectivity is poor at best, with a pathetic HDMI copy-protected interface. The connection is so low-grade that most players donít even come equipped with an HDMI cable in the box, yet itís the only way one can get 1080p video from the machine. Additionally, the BD Java system used for extra features and navigation in the newer discs is the cause for many players to hang up and/or need upwards of 120 seconds to load a movie, which will not fly with mainstream consumers who are used to the quick loading speed of traditional DVDs.

If Warners is looking to stick a fork in HD DVD and truly finish off the format war, they should consider offering a trade-in policy for players. Consumers who buy a new Blu-ray player and/or trade in an HD DVD player should receive free discs. Too many consumers are still bitter from the VHS vs. Beta battle from the late 1970s. The studios need to make sure early adopters feel that their support hasnít been taken for grated.

Other battles that need to be won before the format war is officially over would include luring major record labels to release high-resolution music on Blu-ray, as well as getting adult content providers to support Blu-ray. There is no denying the impact pornography had on the historical success of VHS and later with DVD. If we are to get down to one HD disc format in Blu-ray, then that format will next need to beat out the reigning champion of video discs Ė the mighty DVD Ė for video disc supremacy.

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Old 01-04-2008   #2
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Default Re: Warner Pulls Support For HD DVD and Backs Blu-ray

Here's Toshiba's response

TOKYO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluate potential next steps. We remain firm in our belief that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs of the consumer.
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Default Re: Warner Pulls Support For HD DVD and Backs Blu-ray

Ummm, a little concerned about the connectivity statement, what is wrong with the HDMI? I have a Panny 10A, PS3 and a Tosh A1. All connect fine to my KDL 46 xbr4 flat pannel as well as to my JVC RS1! No hand shake problems with any of them. I think that statement is a little slanted or out of frustration maybe. As far as bd java how many really care? How many HDDVD owners actually access this stuff? I have once to see how it works, no big deal to me. I think it is sad to see one side eventually lose, but in the end with only one format, won't we all be better off?
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Default Re: Warner Pulls Support For HD DVD and Backs Blu-ray

I have had a Sony BDP-S300 and Toshiba HD-A20 in the past. I now have a Toshiba HD-A35 and Panasonic BD30. My system also comprises a Denon 3808ci receiver and a Sony Pearl projector. I was feeding the Pearl directly via HDMI, prior to owning the Denon receiver.

The only connectivity issues I have experienced is with the Toshiba HD-DVD players. My HD movie collection is roughly 4-to-1 Bluray to HD-DVD. I just hope that HD-DVD dies a quick death and ends the format war as quickly as possible.
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Warner Backs Blu-ray, Tilting DVD Battle, an article from The New York Times, Saturday 01/05/2008:

Will DreamWorks Animation, Paramount and Universal Pictures be next?
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Warner Backs Blu-ray, Tilting DVD Battle, an article from The New York Times, Saturday 01/05/2008:

Will DreamWorks Animation, Paramount and Universal Pictures be next?
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