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Paramount in HD DVD blow





datter
Some movie industry related news...

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Paramount in HD DVD blow

Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD DVD after Warner Brothers’ recent backing of Sony’s Blu-ray technology, in a move that will sound the death knell of HD DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.

Paramount and DreamWorks Animation, which makes the Shrek films, came out in support of HD DVD last summer, joining General Electric’s Universal Studios as the main backers of the Toshiba format.

However, Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, is understood to have a clause in its contract with the HD DVD camp that would allow it to switch sides in the event of Warner Bros backing Blu-ray, according to people familiar with the situation.

Paramount is set to have a bumper 2008 with several likely blockbusters, including the latest instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Paramount joining the Blu-ray camp would leave HD DVD likely to suffer the same fate as Sony’s now obsolete Betamax video technology, which lost out to VHS in a similar format war in the 1980s.



I don't follow this sort of thing very closely, but I thought some might find it of interest. Read the rest here.
Maddo
I do follow it closely, lots of companies who're 'sponsoring' HD-DVD are hesitating. Most of them want to support Blu-Ray now because of Warner Bros. If Microsoft & Toshiba don't come up with something good, they'll lose the fight of nextgen DVD's for sure.
Indyan
As soon as Warner switched it was pretty much game over for HDDVD.
datter
This may sound silly, but I thought the porn industry was going to have some influence on all this. From what I understand that was one of the deciding factors in the VHS vs Beta days.
eday2010
datter wrote:
This may sound silly, but I thought the porn industry was going to have some influence on all this. From what I understand that was one of the deciding factors in the VHS vs Beta days.


I've read that that is a myth.

I'm glad HD-DVD is on it's way out. It's been inferior since the start of this battle. Hopefully once they cave, those companies will back Blu-ray so it can then be called Blu-ray DVD instead of Blu-ray Disc.
MeddlingMonk
Interesting. I was aware that Warner Bros. had decided to back Blu-ray, but I didn't know about Paramount...

In my opinion, blu-ray is the superior format and I would be happy to see HD-DVD die. However, I don't think it'll be that easy to kill. I have heard it suggested by my local computer store that HD-DVD and Blu-ray will end up depending on each other and a range of multi-format players. Also, the format that can produce cheap computer burners and discs first will probably have an advantage.
Coclus
Yeah that's interesing. But the whole thing really does annoy me as we, the consumers, are going to pay for this. "Oh we got new better quality discs, so you have to buy a new recorder/blu-ray player, and a new tv as well!"
j_f_k
I for 1 hope dvd's will be around for some years Seen the stuff in the shops - firstly blu-ray /hddv is a complete waste unless you've got a 40 inch or close to it tv. You'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference on a smaller tv between this and ordinary DVD.

the gap between vhs and ordinary DVD was much wider (got attractive to me a few years ago when I could get a player for $80 as apposed to over 1,000 when they first came out 10 years ago.

so I've got to shell out $1200 for a tv on top of the $700 for a player. Hardly worth it.

it does look like if paramount jumped ship there is only 1 player left (I think its universal) then its all over bar the shouting. Sigh - I was hoping Sony would get their nose rubbed in it (again) as I havn't forgiven them for the rootkit fiasco a couple of years back.

If you're going to get one then get a ps-3 (I think its overpriced and overrated as a games console - however if you were going to shell out on an blu-ray dvd anyway then it makes sense to get games console thrown in as it were).

This is the reason blu-ray won (as xbox is not exacty an earth shattering games console).
eday2010
Coclus wrote:
Yeah that's interesing. But the whole thing really does annoy me as we, the consumers, are going to pay for this. "Oh we got new better quality discs, so you have to buy a new recorder/blu-ray player, and a new tv as well!"


That's the consumers fault. If they were smart like me - and let's face it: if they were, the world would be a utopia - they would have waited and not bought either format until there was a winner. This is what I did, and thus I won't be stuck with an obsolete HD-DVD player that I spent hundreds on and then have to buy a Blu-Ray player.

So if consumers want to risk their money and buy one format early, that is their problem. I have no sympathy for them.
lethaltriad
glad they finally narrowing it down to 1 format... so hopefully soon they will be affordable blu-ray drives and some other high capacity format drives available for my computer so i can backup more files =) Of course the movies are good 2, i watched a couple blu ray stuff at a friends house and it was really good.
Kelcey
I'm glad HD DVD is going away. I wouldn't care if it was blu-ray going away. I want one format.
blk3
I agree with the post above. There is only room for 1 format in the optical media. To support 2 formats would be bad, since most players only play HD-DVD or BLue Ray. Anyone remember that before we had the optical disc media there used to be the Betamax and VHS format, both are tapes and the VHS won bec. of its superiority against Betamax.
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