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Old 08-22-2007, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Paramount ditches Blu-Ray

So the HD-DVD camp basically bribes, er, excuse me, provides $150 million in "INCENTIVES" to Paramount if they will side exclusively with them.

No more Blu-Ray for any Paramount, Paramount Vantage, MTV, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks or DreamWorks Animation film...except any film directed by Steven Spielberg and the INDIANA JONES pics.

Absolutely ridiculous.

Love how the execs muzzled Michael Bay, who threatened not to do TRANSFORMERS 2 in a fit of rage over the decision then back tracked several hours later.

What a frickin' mess. Too bad the technology's so damn alluring or I'd wish both formats would fail just to stick it to both camps for screwing the consumer.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:13 PM   #2
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Blu-Ray may have more physical capacity, but when side-by-side with HD DVD, the picture quality (anything over 720p) is negligible.

This format war has to end very soon. Like within the next year, year and a half.

Namely because retail video franchises like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster are having hard time promoting the formats. Consumers are wanting to rent HD movies, but these two refuse to stock many of each because of how fragmented the titles are due to studio exclusivity. This is only hurting them, the format, and giving online e-tailers like Netflix the competitive advantage.

(No, I don't work for either Hollywood Video, or Blockbuster )

The other alternative is combo HD DVD/Blu-Ray players. And more importantly AFFORDABLE combo players. I saw one listed for $999 dollars. That's ridiculous.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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I (unfortunately) work for Blockbuster. The company's stance is that it's strictly Blu-Ray -- walk into any store and you'll see plenty of promotional items that support the battle cry -- but this decision will absolutely change things. Maybe not drastically, but it will change things....

There's no way Blockbuster WON'T stock HD-DVD copies of BLADES OF GLORY, TRANSFORMERS, SHREK 3, etc in store.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Paramount ditches Blu-Ray

HD-DVD hardware and media is intrinsically cheaper, is more consumer-friendly, has no Region coding, can be made backwards compatible with DVD, and is the much better choice for anyone not named Sony.

I own neither, but because I am a consumer, I hope HD-DVD will win, and I will never support Sony and the proprietary, expensive and regioned coded BR. Otherwise, I'll just stick to upconverted DVD and wait for the next big thing in 2 years.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:29 PM   #5
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Is this like the VHS - Betamax thing?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: Paramount ditches Blu-Ray

Ayup... and Sony's eject button got pushed on that one, too.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:16 PM   #7
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Is this like the VHS - Betamax thing?

No as there are actual benefits with Blu-ray or HD-DVD (since it has a higher capacity, made with an awesome anti-scratch coding and have wider support from other sources, I'm for Blu-ray...also just going from DVD to something called HD-DVD doesn't seem like a big enough jump). Betamax did not offer any benefits over VHS.

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Old 08-23-2007, 12:42 AM   #8
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Default Re: Paramount ditches Blu-Ray

Sure it did... the Betamax offered slightly better picture, seriously better audio, and all in a smaller package (a nice boon for the prerecord collector... those VHSs sucked up a lot of shelf space).

Not much, but it was still a little disappointing that VHS won.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:11 AM   #9
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Thanks HD-DVD for screwing the consumer. What a dick move. Blue-ray is winning and they are going to win regardless, this has just drawn it out by a year. Well that's Microsoft and Co for ya.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:20 AM   #10
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Since the mods have taken it upon themselves to selectively delete some of my posts, I am helping them out by deleting the rest.

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