The news just continues to sour for the HD DVD camp. Earlier
today, DailyTech reported that Warner Bros. decided to go Blu-ray
exclusive by the end of May 2008. Warner Bros. executives backed
their decision by saying that the move was beneficial for consumers.
"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," stated Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group President
Toshiba, clearly stunned by the announcement, issued a press
release of its own stating its disappointment with the decisions by Warner
"We will assess the potential impact of this
announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and valuate potential next
steps," said Toshiba in a statement. "We remain firm in our belief
that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs of the
It looks as though the fallout from the Warner Bros. move is
coming fast and furiously. The DailyTech
inbox was just moments ago greeted with the following message from a Toshiba
representative regarding CES press meetings and the scheduled HD DVD press
on the timing of the Warner Home Video announcement today, the HD DVD
Promotional Group has decided to cancel 1:1 press meetings at CES, in addition
to the press conference that was scheduled for Sunday evening. We apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause…
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
continue to keep you updated on new developments around HD DVD.
It looks as though HD DVD may be on life support considering
this latest series of events. Many consumers have been disheartened by the whole
HD DVD vs. Blu-ray format war, but it looks as though a white flag may soon be
quote: There's a full featured BD player for $299.00
quote: if they use the same laser with different optics how come I can get a HD-DVD player for almost half what a BD player will cost me
quote: You would have thought they learned their lesson after the DVD Fiasco.
quote: ...DVD Fiasco.
quote: Frankly I prefer the Less DRM and no region coding. Call me crazy but Region Coding is bullshit. You would have thought they learned their lesson after the DVD Fiasco.
quote: In a move that would mark the end of a digital music era, Sony BMG Music Entertainment is finalizing plans to sell songs without the copyright protection software that has long restricted the use of music downloaded from the Internet, BusinessWeek.com has learned.Details of Sony BMG's plans are expected to emerge in the coming weeks. Justin Timberlake, the popular recording artist signed to the Sony-owned Jive label, is participating in a Super Bowl promotion with Pepsi (PEP) that will kick off Feb. 3 and offer free distribution of 1 billion songs from major labels, including Sony BMG, through Amazon's DRM-free download service, according to a person familiar with the matter.
quote: Too bad MS didn't make XBox360 with better specs.
quote: they used to sell military related stuff to the Soviet Union in the olden cold war days that they weren't supposed to -- and were caught).
quote: stabbed in the back
quote: "There is absolutely no incentive from either side that would have changed the decision we made based on what we were seeing in the consumer data," he said. "The worldwide DVD business is about $40 billion. Any incentives we might have been offered would have paled next to the lost profits from that business if we get this one wrong.”
quote: "One of the things you see in the NPD data for this fourth quarter was that even with a $100 [price] premium, Blu-ray set tops outsold HD set tops in December. Even with Toshiba having the lowest-cost player in the market, software sales remained 2 to 1 in favor of Blu-ray."
quote: Any incentives we might have been offered would have paled next to the lost profits from that business if we get this one wrong
quote: But I don't really like all these different storage mediums out there
quote: Guess it's a good thing that I bought Blu-Ray titles when Best Buy did their BOGO deal over the holidays, huh?