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11th January 2007 15:43  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Total HD?? WTF? COOL!
Check this out. Warner Bros. has came up with a disc that has both HD and Blu Ray capability in one disc so, you can play the disc on either HD or Blu Ray player or the new combo! Read on....This was announced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show within the last few days...

As expected, Day Three of CES was capped off by a lavish evening reception and press event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, where Warner Home Video announced the introduction of a new hybrid high-definition disc... the Total HD. Attending the event with me (among the many industry observers on hand) were Ed Peters of DVD Review, Chris Chiarella from Home Theater Magazine and Shane Buettner from Ultimate AV. I think it's fair to say that all of us were skeptical of Warner's announcement, based on what we expected going in. But that began to change when certain things were revealed at the event.

Here's the nitty gritty: Warner's THD disc will appear at retail starting in the second half of 2007. The discs will contain both an HD-DVD component and a Blu-ray Disc component on the same disc, and the movie and extras content will be exactly the same on each. No price was announced, but WHV president Ron Sanders claims that while he thinks consumers would be willing to "pay a little more" for the security of having a disc that's format war proof, the price "won't be very much more than current HD-DVDs and Blu-ray Discs." He also added that, "We're looking at this thing to consolidate SKU counts - Warner will only release in THD once we get up and running." Warner's senior vice president for marketing management, Steve Nickerson, actually demonstrated on stage a test THD disc containing clips from Superman Returns in both an HD-DVD player, a Blu-ray Disc player and LG's new Super Multi Blue combo player, and it worked perfectly in each (the Super Multi Blue player defaulted to Blu-ray in the demonstration). Surprisingly (though this remains to be proven), Nickerson claimed that each format on the disc will be "full capacity", meaning that you can include both single layer and dual layers for BOTH formats (either 15 or 30GB on the HD-DVD side and 25 or 50GB on the Blu-ray side). We believe THDs will include the different formats on either side of the disc.

Here's the even bigger surprise: Representatives of both New Line and HBO were on hand at the event... and they pledged to begin supporting THD in 2007. New Line's Steve Einhorn commented, "We plan to completely support THD specifically. This will move our schedule ahead considerably."

This news was taken from the www.digitalbits.com website. I say, thank god I waited. May this HD vs Blu Ray war end peacefully!!!

11th January 2007 15:51  #2

poppy Banned Join Date: September 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
Do you need to write Soooooo much.. ANAL

11th January 2007 15:52  #3

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
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11th January 2007 16:07  #4

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Hey! I'm just passing on the news! It is BIG, after all!

11th January 2007 16:13  #5

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
ok..cool..but i'm still gona wait until the "fromat-war" is over and the winer is decided.

11th January 2007 16:15  #6

poppy Banned Join Date: September 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
Fromat?? Was he in the lord of the rings??

11th January 2007 16:27  #7

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Total HD?? WTF? COOL!
Mark Lim wrote: Here's the even bigger surprise: Representatives of both New Line and HBO were on hand at the event... and they pledged to begin supporting THD in 2007. New Line's Steve Einhorn commented, "We plan to completely support THD specifically. This will move our schedule ahead considerably."
New Line and HBO are Warner studios so it's not that surprising, it's whether competitors use the disc format and pay for the extra royalties that will be the true test.

11th January 2007 16:39  #8

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
More importantly will it be HDDVD Active or Blu-Ray Active????

11th January 2007 16:42  #9

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
We have hdactive.com but don't plan using it for a long time. Happy

11th January 2007 16:44  #10

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
nice!!

11th January 2007 23:55  #11

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
Won't worry me too much as the player I will buy will do both formats.

12th January 2007 19:57  #12

Director7 Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
This doesn't help the "format war", it only helps WB release titles.

12th January 2007 20:47  #13

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
poppy wrote: Do you need to write Soooooo much.. ANAL

Who's having sooooooo much anal?

12th January 2007 21:35  #14

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Not me...

12th January 2007 23:05  #15

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
There are just so many ways I could respond to that Happy

13th January 2007 12:38  #16

Tom McGrath Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 23
Chris Gould wrote: There are just so many ways I could respond to that Happy

Ooh Matron.

15th January 2007 12:14  #17

poppy Banned Join Date: September 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
Theres nothing wrong with going through the back door.. If you like that sort of thing that is.......

15th January 2007 15:06  #18

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
UGHHHH.......what did I just walk up in? lol

15th January 2007 15:08  #19

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
Trust Chris to lower the tone Wink

15th January 2007 15:09  #20

poppy Banned Join Date: September 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
Dunno mate, but I'm sure Elton John wouldnt mind a go.....

15th January 2007 16:05  #21

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Director7 wrote: This doesn't help the "format war", it only helps WB release titles.

Why just WB?  I'm sure that Time Warner is looking to license the technology to whoever wants it.

You can bet that retail stores will push for this combine format.  They don't want to have to stock both BluRay and HD-DVD.

16th January 2007 15:58  #22

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
Can we get back to the subject at hand...anals.....come on we've all had a go..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

16th January 2007 20:25  #23

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I just don't feel comfortable anymore in these forums...

17th January 2007 8:22  #24

Sam Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
Come on Tony, just let go of you're inhibitions.....

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