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    Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    The battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD is shaping up to be the current generation's VHS vs. Beta battle, with studios backing one format exclusively. Disney, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures have sided with Blu-ray with Universal and now Paramount, backing HD DVD.
    Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. are both dropping support for Blu-ray discs and will supply all future releases in the rival HD DVD format, the companies said Monday.
    This will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment. Films directed by Steven Spielberg, will serve as the one exception, as his films are not exclusive to either format.
    Among the upcoming releases impacted by the decision are "Blades of Glory," "Shrek the Third" and "Transformers." The three titles combined for $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales.
    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement that the company believes that the format will be the best format in order to reach families, a key market for the company, citing the lower price point for a HD DVD player.

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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    It is beyond belief that as consumers, we have to deal with this BS!!!

    For gosh sake.... wasnt the VHS vs. BETA battle enough torture back in the day.

    STANDARDIZE!!!

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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    I don't have either yet primarily because I do not know which format will be worth owning

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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by prince_david View Post
    I don't have either yet primarily because I do not know which format will be worth owning
    I'm in the same boat. I have hi-def TV, DVR, etc, but can't figure out which format to go with. I waited through the VHS vs BETA war (well, I wasn't old enough to buy one), but that was bad enough as the market finally sorted out the winner. I don't want to have to invest in one technology only to see it dropped a few years later. Grrrrr!
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Personally, I'd rather go Blu-Ray. It's the better seller at the moment. Sure, Blu-Ray could really benefit from a price drop, but at least it has the PS3 advantage and not the XBox 360 disadvantage (didn't they learn anything from Sega and Nintendo? Add-on drives rarely meet with success).


    Although, I wouldn't really say "rivals" chose it. It's more like rival. Universal is essentially one company, Viacom being another. But the ties are too close -- co-productions of numerous films, Nickelodeon stuff within Universal parks. They might as well just merge. These are basically the only studios supporting HD this much as far as I know.
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    HD-DVD was dying a nice dignified death when this crap happened. Now it is going to die kicking and screaming. Obviously, Paramount/Dreamworks was paid off. Blu-Rays are outselling HD-DVD three to one currently, so why else would a studio suddenly jump onto the LEAST selling format (thereby ensuring the LEAST numerous consumers?)

    Well, the VHS/Betamax wars lasted 10 years before VHS finally won so I guess this is going to be dragged out for a long time.

    Sadly enough, some analysts are predicting that NEITHER format will ultimately win, i.e. HD-DVD and BluRay will go the way of the laserdisc, the SACD, and the dodo. It is sad because (being a Blu-Ray owner with an HDTV) the Blu-ray does add a noticeable extra layer of clarity on top of what a DVD can show on a larger HD set.

    Unfortunately people like cheap and low quality versus slightly higher price and better quality when making media decisions, so they may just stick to DVD over any high-def media. Mp3, anyone?
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    I love my laserdisc player.

    I'm sure you're right about DVD being the ultimate winner. Until player costs and disc costs go down, we're not going to see a next gen winner. DVD won easily mostly due to price rather comparable to VHS and low-price players.

    It's just sad that right now, my cable tv has better picture than DVD!
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post

    It's just sad that right now, my cable tv has better picture than DVD!
    Bluray is purrrrrrrrrrdy

    The larger the set, the bigger a difference you'll see.
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by Chernabog View Post
    Bluray is purrrrrrrrrrdy

    The larger the set, the bigger a difference you'll see.
    I only have a 65" widescreen TV.
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    I only have a 65" widescreen TV.
    You poor (size queen?) deprived child!!!! LOL mine is 50" and it is plenty big
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    Yeah... on my ideal TV, my television would represent one -- maybe two -- pixels.
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    Re: Disney Sticks With Blu-Ray; Rivals Choose HD DVD

    I'm going back to drawing on the walls with crayons!


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