I was reading a few articles tonight... and the "outrage" that Paramount would do this "exclusive" with HD-DVD...
Where are the corresponding articles, on the "outrage" of Columbia/Sony Pictures? Aren't they pretty much exclusive Blu-Ray?
IMHO... neither side WANTS there to be a decision... they want the two formats for ever...
Why? Gives them a hook, to keep it more expensive...
Look what happen when Divx went away... the prices of DVD's went down... as did the price of the players.... so less money going back to the companies...
Blades of Glory comes out next week... in all three formats..
I would love to get it in HD... but frankly.. .the thought of dropping $30 on it, instead of the $14.99 for the DVD... just isn't going to fly.
300 was still a hard buy at $35... and I had $20 in BB Rewards points, to help offset it....
The first format to offer a sub $200 player (not tied to a game system),
And get the cost of the Movie Sub $20... wins.
I think the outrage came from the fact that Blu-Ray was close to winning. They had a majority of the studios under their belt, had major retailers such as Blockbuster go Blu-Ray exclusive. Sales were pointing to a 2:1 ratio for Blu-Ray:HD-DVD. Then Paramount came in and blew the Studio balance out of proportion; now it's basically a 50-50 split with Warner Bros. being the only remaining major neutral studio.
Another thing that set everyone off was that MS paid Paramount to go HD-DVD only and you know how much everyone "loves
" MS. It would also be kind of stupid to critizice Sony Studios for endorsing their own product.
Another problem I think we have is that a majority of the "fan boy" base supports Blu-Ray because technically it has a slight
technological advantage over HD-DVD (mainly the capacity which means jack **** to people who just want to watch a movie) The fan boy base controls the media which means they are constantly hunting for ways to down HD-DVD.
Personally, I'm pulling for HD-DVD because of these main reasons:
- Cheaper Disc - $20-$25 average vs. $30+)
- Cheaper Player - HD-DVD players at Amazon are sub $240 and falling, different story if you want 1080p though
- Name makes more sense - What average uninformed person is going to know what a Blu-Ray is? I think Sony has gone 0 for 2 with their whole naming gig
- Ability to have the SD and HD versions on the same disc - VERY handy for all those who have relatives that still have tube TV's and aren't planning on upgrading to hi-def anytime soon
Reasons why I haven't purchased HD-DVD already:
- Lack of good movies - I've been searching the past several months for a plethora of good movies that are HD-DVD exclusives. Unfortunatly, that search has come up empty so far but that may change with Paramount in the picture. Another issue I have is that many of the movies that I like are made by Sony Studios/MGM/Fox
- Both these formats may not exist this time in a few years
- The upcoming dual format players may be the catalyst for this entire ordeal - have to wait and see
I agree with you with the pricing and I think that it will be instrumental to the studios on what people are more inclined to buy (ie. the cheaper product or the more expensive) I'm just hoping that all of this is going to happen SOON before the whole drive of the HD movie market collapses. It would be nice if Wal Mart came out and said they were going to go to an exclusive format but I have a feeling that they won't do that until the very end or MS pays them again.