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HD war is over...apparently.

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17th February 2008 21:58  #1

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
HD war is over...apparently.
"Both Japan's NHK and Reuters are reporting that Toshiba is going to finally pull the trigger on HD DVD, ending the format war after being punted by Wal-Mart (the country's biggest retailer), Best Buy and Netflix. The official announcement will come next week, though Reuters' source confirmed that "We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business." RIP HD DVD, you will always have a place on our mantle."



http://gizmodo.com/357311/its-official-toshiba-...

17th February 2008 22:27  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
We are keeping an eye out for a press release from Toshiba on this.

17th February 2008 23:13  #3

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,085 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Yeah, unlike everyone else jumping the gun with unofficial news. 'Sources' my arse.

17th February 2008 23:29  #4

m@tt Member Join Date: October 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 551
Thank god it's over, i have lots of blue movies.

17th February 2008 23:59  #5

Slave2Horror Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 116 Send a message via MSN to Slave2Horror
so does this mean that movies that were only released on HD DVD (i.e. The Matrix Trilogy) are now going to make their way towards Blu-RaY?

18th February 2008 1:25  #6

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
m@tt wrote: Thank god it's over, i have lots of blue movies.

Do you have any red ones too? :lol:

18th February 2008 2:00  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,085 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Slave2Horror wrote: so does this mean that movies that were only released on HD DVD (i.e. The Matrix Trilogy) are now going to make their way towards Blu-RaY?

The Matrix Trilogy was always coming out on BD, it was just pushed back because none of the IME features worked on profile 1.0 machines.

18th February 2008 10:36  #8

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
m@tt wrote: Thank god it's over, i have lots of blue movies.
*******
Pervert.

18th February 2008 11:27  #9

m@tt Member Join Date: October 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 551
Nic Mall wrote: m@tt wrote: Thank god it's over, i have lots of blue movies.
*******
Pervert.


Me? Pervert? Well, yes i suppose i am. Nic, would you be my Nurse Diesel.

18th February 2008 12:25  #10

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,085 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Nic Mall wrote: m@tt wrote: Thank god it's over, i have lots of blue movies.
*******
Pervert.


Why do women always call blokes perverts for watching people have sex, even if they're quite happy to have it themselves?

18th February 2008 15:04  #11

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
I was only playing by the way.
Not all women do. Just the hairy feminist types.

18th February 2008 16:09  #12

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,085 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Aye, I wasn't including you. Not that I'm saying you're not a lady. And I'm sure you love a good porno as much as the next person. Erm, where did I put that shovel..?

18th February 2008 16:57  #13

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05
LOL @ previous posts


I agree though we shouldn't immediately jump top this conclusion unless we see a PR from Toshiba...

18th February 2008 17:55  #14

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Nic Mall wrote: I was only playing by the way.
Not all women do. Just the hairy feminist types.
Have sex or watch it? Wink
I prefer the green movies myself...

18th February 2008 18:22  #15

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05

18th February 2008 23:50  #16

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
Toshiba will deny up until they confirm discontinuing HD-DVD (which could happen tomorrow at their press conference in Japan).There is no choice in the matter. The format is dead in retailers and customers minds. Dr. McCoy has confirmed the patient deceased, mourners are filing past. Only the nails for the coffin remains

20th February 2008 14:09  #17

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Great news!! Universal has finally faced reality and are now preparing to move to Blu Ray!!

Quote:
[b]BREAKING NEWS: Universal will release on Blu-ray[b]

WHAT'S NEW
BY HENNING MOLBAEK

FIRST ONLINE FEB 19, 2008

Following the announcement of Toshiba discontinuing HD DVD Universal made a statement to Home Media Magazine.

"While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

"The path for widespread adoption of the next-generation platform has finally become clear. Universal will continue its aggressive efforts to broaden awareness for hi-def´s unparalleled offerings in interactivity and connectivity, at an increasingly affordable price. The emergence of a single, high-definition format is cause for consumers, as well as the entire entertainment industry, to celebrate.



20th February 2008 15:09  #18

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
I look forward to Paramount's eventual 'wording' with great interest too...

Great that I can now go about collecting my favourites on Blu-ray's high definition format without any worries now.  I just hope that future releases will utilise the format to the best of it's potential, with the best of prints used.  I'll still need to continue collecting many things on standard DVD too though, as some things will probably never see the light of day on a high definition disc.

22nd February 2008 15:09  #19

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Thanks to a friend, I found this very cool website, that tells you exactly which Region A Blu Ray titles are REGION FREE!! Yay!

So, If I was to get a Sony Blu Ray player from Australia, I should be able to play most of these...
See here....

http://www.blurayregioncodes.com/

22nd February 2008 16:36  #20

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,150
Cool. Looking at that list, do I read it right that The (new) Shining Special Edition USBD will play on a UK PS3.

If anyone could confim that I'd appreciate it as I'd kind of given up on getting The Shining on BD. I don't want the UK cut down theatrical version.

23rd February 2008 2:52  #21

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
And I found a website for Blu Ray and HD player hacks...

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks

23rd February 2008 4:32  #22

m@tt Member Join Date: October 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 551
It's been there for ages what took you so long?

23rd February 2008 16:13  #23

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Hey! I'm new to this , O.K? Don't laugh. I'm catching up. I probably won't get a Blu Ray player till 09.

10th March 2008 20:00  #24

Makman Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 111
My understanding is that Universal and Paramount will not release any Blu Ray titles without "permission" from Toshiba - otherwise they will lose their "payments" (bribe)for supporting HD DVD.  Universal exclusive HD contract with Toshiba was due to expire soon anyway but we may have to wait another year before Paramount/Dreamworks release titles on Blu Ray.

I am holding out buying films like "American Gangster" until the Blu Ray version is released.  

Also, I am refusing to replace my existing DVD collection with Blu Ray - as my Upscale DVD player is great for upscaling the image quality (close to HD).

10th March 2008 20:33  #25

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Paramount

Universal's contract actually expired before HD-DVD conceded

But considering how secretive all of the studios have been with the entire format war, who knows what's really going on.

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