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    Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

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    (January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

    "Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want," said Meyer. "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers."

    Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.

    "Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices," said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. "Today's decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner."

    "A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," said Tsujihara. "Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future."
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    That's all folks!!
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Has Blu-Ray won this thing yet? I'm starting to feel that HD itch - I'm going to be ready to convert in the next year or so - but I just can't shake this terrible feeling that it's too early to decide. I've been expecting HD to take it in the same way that VHS, as the lesser-quality format, won the home video format war.
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Necrosis View Post
    Has Blu-Ray won this thing yet? I'm starting to feel that HD itch - I'm going to be ready to convert in the next year or so - but I just can't shake this terrible feeling that it's too early to decide. I've been expecting HD to take it in the same way that VHS, as the lesser-quality format, won the home video format war.
    VHS won the videotape format war because Sony would not allow porn to be transferred to its Beta format.
    The concern was that HD-DVD would win via the same route (as Sony has taken the high road again with Blu-Ray), but even the porn industry realizes the negative return of High Def in its work. Better to be a little grainier.
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Let's hope that HD-DVD calls it quits and throws in the towel instead of fighting a now unwinable fight. As soon as consumers know that one format is the standard, you will see a lot of machines and DVD's sold
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    VHS won the videotape format war because Sony would not allow porn to be transferred to its Beta format.
    The concern was that HD-DVD would win via the same route (as Sony has taken the high road again with Blu-Ray), but even the porn industry realizes the negative return of High Def in its work. Better to be a little grainier.
    FYI -

    The hardcore stuff is going (or has gone at this point) Blu-Ray. There is some good numbers in the link below. But Digital Playground claims to hold 80% of the HD pron market. Them along with Vivid who has been doing Blu-ray porn for some time now really make up the major players.
    'Digital Playground to Release First Blu-ray Title
    Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 04:00 PM ET"
    link: http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...ray_Title/1291
    Previously HD DVD-exclusive adult distributor Digital Playground will go dual-format with the Blu-ray release of 'Pirates' in early January.
    As we've previously reported, Digital Playground made headlines earlier this year when one-named auteur Joone (the company's founder) was quoted as saying that his company was forced to change HD allegiances after all Blu-ray Disc copying facilities in the United States refused to accept his business.
    Said Joone at the time, "Sony wants me to publish my films on HD DVD."
    Though the Blu-ray Disc Association denied a coordinated effort to block the release of adult titles on the format (and indeed Vivid Entertainment went on to release its first Blu-ray title this spring), Digitial Playground has issued more than half a dozen titles on HD DVD exclusively.
    All of that will change this January, however, when the distributor will unleash its very first Blu-ray release, the adult extravaganza 'Pirates". (The same title hit HD DVD in February of 2007.)
    In explaining his company's move to dual-format support, Joone told CEPro that "A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?'"
    Scheduled to ship in January 4th, the Blu-ray release of 'Pirates' will contain the full-length film and a bucket-load of extras (including behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, casting videos and trailers), all in high definition. The supplemental package on the previously-released HD DVD was presented in standard-def only.
    Digital Playground claims to have an 80% share of the market for HD porn, with HD releases now accounting for about one-third of the publisher’s video shipments.

    And even Girls Gne Wild is doing Blu-Ray (But can you really call GGW porn?)
    'Girls Gone Wild: Baby Bash' Announced For Blu-ray, HD DVD
    Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 09:00 AM ET"
    link: http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news...y,_HD_DVD/1257

    RIP HD-DVD

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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Eeeeewwwww Hi-Def Porn = Medical Experiment.

    Those body parts are not meant to be blown up that large and in that much detail except in for doctor training purposes.
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    lol this is so interesting.

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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    DVD group cancels preview show


    By Thomas K. Arnold
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    Jan 6, 2008

    The North American HD DVD Promotional Group has abruptly canceled a planned two-hour extravaganza Sunday night in Las Vegas on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, at which it was to preview upcoming releases and show off the latest advances in special features.

    The cancellation came in the wake of Warner Home Video?s announcement Friday that it is dropping support for HD DVD and after May will exclusively release high-definition titles in the rival Blu-ray Disc format. The Warners move dealt a mortal blow to the underdog HD DVD camp, leaving it with just two of the six major studios.

    Ken Graffeo, the Universal Studios Home Entertainment executive vp who serves as co-president of the North American HD DVD Promotional Group, late Friday confirmed rumors that had been circulating all day on the Web that the event had been canceled.

    "Based on the timing of the Warner Home Video announcement today, we have decided to postpone our CES 2008 press conference," a statement from the group said. "... We are currently discussing the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluating next steps. We believe the consumer continues to benefit from HD DVD's commitment to quality and affordability -- a bar that is critical for the mainstream success of any format. We?ll continue to keep you updated on new developments around HD DVD."
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...d399c68997fb7f

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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Paramount is dropping HD as well. bye bye HD.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080108/...NBOXby2S8N7YV4


    Blu-ray appears to have won the high-def DVD format war, as Paramount announced on Monday that it would dump HD-DVD in favor of Sony's Blu-ray format. Last week, Warner Bros. also threw its weight behind Blu-ray.
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    The developments likely mean the end of HD-DVD as a viable format. Based on the studios' decision, Japanese content producers and hardware manufacturers said they would likely leave the HD-DVD Promotion Group, according to published reports.
    Pony Canyon, a content producer that is part of Fuji Television, predicted it would "choose Blu-ray in the end." Some 20 members of the HD-DVD coalition said their continued membership was "under review." Universal is the only remaining U.S. studio backing HD-DVD, along with one other major corporation that continues to support the format: Microsoft.

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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Hope that new Microsoft exhibit in Innoventions doesn't mention HD-DVD. It could be a thing of the past by the time it opens.


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    Actually Paramount isn't dropping HD-DVD at least not yet. They have since reported that the original story about them dropping it was wrong. Either way its only a matter of time now I'd think.

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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Quote Originally Posted by zugzug15 View Post
    Paramount is dropping HD as well. bye bye HD.
    Paramount has not dropped HD-DVD. There were rumors flying around Monday about this which turned out (unfortunately) to be false. Perhaps their hands are tied after all with that 18-month contract?

    Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures denied a newspaper report that the studio is poised to follow Time Warner Inc. in abandoning Toshiba Corp.'s HD DVD technology. ``Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,'' Brenda Ciccone, a spokeswoman for Paramount, said in an e-mail today.
    Toshiba, the leading promoter of the HD DVD format for high- definition video discs, fell in Tokyo trading after the Financial Times reported Paramount is poised to adopt Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format instead.
    Rumor has it that Warner Bros has triggered an "out" clause for Paramount on the exclusivity deal. But though Paramount is "poised" (according to reports) to drop HD-DVD, nothing has been announced yet.
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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Of course Paramount doesn't want it announced they are dropping HD-DVD. Their HD-DVD version of Zodiac comes out in a few weeks.


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    Re: Warner Brothers now Blu-Ray DVD exclusive

    Paramount has formally denied any intention to abandon HD DVD.

    In the long run, however...
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