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16th February 2008 14:24  #1

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
If BD dominates, what will happen to HD DVD?
If BD eventually dominates, will there be enough HD DVD players out there to warrant continued releases by smaller distributors who specialise in the format? Sort of like a defunct computer platform with software publishers purchasing the rights to titles and porting them. What do you think the future of this platform is?

16th February 2008 16:54  #2

Franchise Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 294 Send a message via AIM to Franchise Send a message via MSN to Franchise Send a message via Yahoo to Franchise
Seems to me that everyone is giving up the format including Toshiba now, so this niche market could work for a few small time makers of HD DVDs.  Personally, I stopped buying HD DVDs when I got the 2 disc of Zodiac.  I couldn't even look at the discs since I knew there was nothing I really wanted.  And with the American Gangster release this week, they really screwed it up considering the HD side is only the theatrical cut.  It's like they wanted to fail.

16th February 2008 18:07  #3

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
... I also read that the HD picture has a lot of compression issues as well. Maybe an extra 20 Gigs of space could have somewhat remedied that.....Wink

16th February 2008 18:55  #4

demiscy Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 589
Reuters just announced the discontinuation of the HDDVD format by Toshiba

16th February 2008 19:03  #5

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,120 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Jersey Jedi wrote: ... I also read that the HD picture has a lot of compression issues as well. Maybe an extra 20 Gigs of space could have somewhat remedied that.....Wink

That's a load of b*****ks. Probably more misinformation spread by BD fans.

16th February 2008 23:19  #6

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Here is the full news on Toshiba pulling the plug on HD-DVD

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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. At least until we buy a Blu-ray player. But really. [Reuters]


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

Also, what about the other format war?

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HD DVD dead... No More Format War... Go Buy A Blu Ray Player
Hey folks, Harry here... Depending who you are... you're either jubilant or morose today - because it's pretty much over. Sources inside Toshiba have begun leaking to the press - that Toshiba is no longer going to be manufacturing HD DVD players - and is abandoning the format altogether. Apparently, this decision is going to cost Toshiba hundreds of millions of dollars -
In the last few months, Sony has completely and totally flanked and surrounded HD-DVD. It started with the Warner Brothers move, when Warner's announced their decision to become dedicated to the BLU RAY format beginning this June - the world could feel a seismic shift. Then in a series of announcements from BEST BUY to NETFLIX to the most recent WAL-MART support for Blu Ray and abandonment of the HD DVD format... well, the rush to bury HD DVD has become quite aggressive.

How do I feel about this?

I love both formats - but generally I prefer the HD DVD discs. I have around 300 titles in hi def - a mixture of HD DVD and BLU RAY. I have 4 HD DVD players - and 1 BLU RAY player - and now that it has ended - I hope that the focusing upon BLU RAY means that the format becomes better. That the prices can begin dropping on their players - and their discs. MORE SO - I hope that BLU RAY winning the "war" means that a wider and greater supply of titles begin to be released. In the upcoming months - as the various outlets blow-out their remaining HD DVD titles - there will be added shelf-space for BLU RAY to take up. I'm hoping for many more vintage titles. Just yesterday I was at FRY'S to buy Quint his BLU RAY birthday presents - and I wanted to buy him some older titles - and there wasn't much to choose from.

Now that the Format war is over - there's still another war for the companies to wage... the war to get the populace to abandon standard def DVD and en masse convert to BLU RAY. The only way that'll happen is if Blu Ray lowers their prices significantly on their titles. There's a lot left for SONY to do - but now that they've slain their biggest enemy - all that is left is to win the hearts, minds and dollars of the rest of the consumers to make the big conversion


http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35643

16th February 2008 23:22  #7

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Chris Gould wrote: Jersey Jedi wrote: ... I also read that the HD picture has a lot of compression issues as well. Maybe an extra 20 Gigs of space could have somewhat remedied that.....Wink

That's a load of b*****ks. Probably more misinformation spread by BD fans.


So you've seen it? How's it look?

(I read it on Digital Bits, so take that as you may)

17th February 2008 3:32  #8

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I have both BD and HD DVD combined of 74 titles including Heroes and Blade Runner. This is sad because I personally prefers the look of HD DVD than Blu-Ray. Hot Fuzz and King Kong are probably the best looking HD Movies out there with bunch of extras and it fits perfectly on 30GB disc. On the BD side I'd give the best release so far to Ratatouille. Sad that HD DVD is going away.

But I'll keep my HD DVD, there is no point in throwing my A35 away, since it will output me 1080p so does my PS3, I don't see any reasons to sell it for me and A35 is great at upscaling as well, although I won't be buying any new titles or catalogue HD DVD titles anymore. As an early adopter, I knew this was coming sooner or later there can only be one, but well just couldn't resist buying both in the first place...

18th February 2008 18:06  #9

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 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
I have heard that the upscaling of DVD's by HD-DVD players is slightly better than Blu-Ray so maybe keep it for that or give the player to the kids play room.
Sounds a bit sus but....

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