HD DVD Cancels CES Press Conference

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by ron spencer, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. ron spencer

    ron spencer Well-Known Member

    I guess the Warner announcement has hit HD DVD camp hard:


    this is a shame overall...not sure what they will do....speculation?
  2. Anthony1uk

    Anthony1uk Well-Known Member

    As an off the wall idea.

    We should, or at least some forum, should come up with a list of possible ways forward for Toshiba and the best ones emailled to them. (or possibly got to them via better means).

    Blu-Ray have their own official forum that apparently Sony "listens" to. I would be surprised if Toshiba didn't do the same.

    My first suggestion would be to concentrate on Niche titles.

    This may sound absurd at first but Sony seems to now have the big blockbusters at hand.

    The best way to combat it would be for HD-DVD supporting companies to release some good quality older classics such as

    The Godfather
    Rear Window

    The Seventh Seal
    Citizen Cane
    David Lean and Orson Well's movies and such.

    They can't win with summer blockbusters as they don't really have any. But I bet they have quite a few classics that could turn some heads if they came out remastered (i.e like the job Warners did on The Adventures of Robin Hood from the 30's and The Searchers from the 50's).
  3. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I think this is death to HD-DVD. When the contracts with Universal and Paramount run out, I'd be willing to bet they switch to Blu-ray.
    70% of High Definition titles will be on Blu-ray as it stands already.

    So, the question is when do I start ebaying my HD-DVD movies and standalone player? :(

    Sigh, apparently the public is either uninformed or doesn't care about using a more restrictive format.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  4. iansilv

    iansilv Well-Known Member

    I agree. Unfortunately, hddvd is now dead. :(

    I have been a rabid supporter of it because of its less restrictive DRM, but now, the best we can hope for is that the format war ends quickly.

    And Slysoft destroys BD+
  5. hddvdsupporter

    hddvdsupporter Well-Known Member

    yes, warner killed hd-dvd..

    congratulations to blu-ray, now we have region codes, bad picturequality and a hard copy mechanism..:clap:
  6. Pelvis Popcan

    Pelvis Popcan Well-Known Member

    Well, HD-DVD still has:

    - Universal Studios
    - Focus Features (Universal)
    - Rogue Pictures (Universal)
    - Paramount Pictures
    - Paramount Vantage (Paramount)
    - Nickelodeon Movies (Paramount)
    - MTV Films (Paramount)
    - Dreamworks Pictures (Paramount)
    - Dreamworks Animation (Paramount)
    - Weinstein Company
    - Dimension Films (Weinstein)

    Blu-Ray & HD-DVD:
    - New Line Cinema
    - HBO
    - First Look Studios
    - Image Entertainment
    - Discovery Channel (Image)
    - Magnolia Pictures
    - Brentwood Home Video
    - Ryko
    - Koch/Goldhil Entertainment

    In addition to that, support for HD-DVD is still big in Europe, including:

    - Medusa Home Entertainment
    - Studio Canal
    - Universum Films
    - Kinowelt Home Entertainment
    - DVD International
    - Opus Arte
    - MK2
    - Momentum Pictures
    - Twister Home Video

    Then there's the adult DVD market, which also has some studios that are HD-DVD only:

    - Wicked Pictures
    - Pink Visual
    - Bang Bros
    - ClubJenna

    Then finally there's the music studios:

    - EMI (HD-DVD exclusive)
    - Universal Music Group

    So while they have lost a very big client, they still have quite a few left. I guess time will tell how much longer HD-DVD will last. The reality is, most consumers don't care one way or the other, they just want the format war to be over, regardless of the winner.
  7. Stormlord

    Stormlord Well-Known Member

    There is no such thing as "high def" being big in Europe, DVD sales VASTLY outnumber any High def salesfigures. Added to that: if one of both is Blu Ray is getting much better representation in stores/on the shelves & in terms of marketing.
  8. Datus

    Datus Well-Known Member

    dont forget laptop sales are 90% HDDVD...
    I believe the pc market helps formats win too...

    Warner still doing HDDVD till MAY08 so they may change again depends on toshibas next move....

    come on HDDVD.... Funny I think Slysoft will have a big influance on who wins the overal format
  9. hddvdsupporter

    hddvdsupporter Well-Known Member

    thats correct with the laptops, BUT:

    would you buy NOW a new hd-dvd player if you know that there are 70% blu-ray movies and 30% hd-dvd movies ???
    Warner is the "big player" and now i think it's almost over with the highdef-war..
  10. Datus

    Datus Well-Known Member

    Ok wondered where the 70/30 came from

    Take a look at this link and i think you find theres more on HDDVD than you think.
    http://www.blu-raystats.com/ 54%
    http://www.hddvdstats.com/ 46%

    Look at who is providing the discs, take sonys out and warner is proping it up.....
    Im still thinking there may be a change of mind comming.

    Also warner seem to have forgot the reasons why Paramount etc moved. Higher production costs, dedicated java experts required, non standard video conversion process, non standard disk o/s format etc.

    Paramount seem to have put a lot of effort into HDDVD i think they should push blockbuster rentals to rent HDDVD this would be a great next move for them and toshiba.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2008