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CES 08: Did Warner Bros. just kill HD-DVD? [updated]


Today, Warner Bros. announced that they are dropping support for HD-DVD in May and moving exclusively to Blu-ray. This is another major blow to the HD-DVD format. Disney, Sony, Lions Gate Entertainment and 20th Century Fox were already Blu-ray only. This leaves just Paramount and DreamWorks Animation as exclusive HD-DVD partners.

And to make matters seem even more bleak, the HD-DVD Promotion Group just canceled their CES 2008 event. I just received the following e-mail from their PR rep:

"Notice of CES Press Conference Cancellation by North American HD DVD Promotion Group

Based on the timing of the Warner Home Video announcement today, we have decided to postpone our CES 2008 press conference scheduled for Sunday, January 6th at 8:30 p.m. in the Wynn Hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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."

This leaves a lot questions looming about the future of the format and what the reaction of big HD-DVD supporters like Toshiba and Microsoft will be. It has been widely speculated that Bill Gates will make a big announcement about the XBOX 360 at CES. One of the more popular rumors is that he will announce an XBOX 360 with a built-in HD-DVD drive. I don't see that happening now.

Makes me glad I only paid $98 for my Toshiba A2 HD-DVD player :)

[UPDATE: Looks like my colleague Josh Taylor over at ZDNet might be the one to blame for HD-DVDs current situation. See his post here. ]

So does this mark the end of the HD format war? Has Sony finally created a format that didn't flop? And will this help you make the jump to HD now that Blu-ray seems to have pulled away from HD-DVD?
10 comments
mario.c1980
mario.c1980

No I think that the war was over before it began the reason is that even if warner didn't go to blue-ray. Microsoft and it xbox 360 is what kill it in the first place and here is the reason why I said this when you buy an Xbox 360 even with or with out a hard drive you still got to buy the hd-dvd adapter just to watch hd-dvd. Another reason is that I have been reading on the quailty of hd-dvd movie on the adapter is very low and the audio feed is not up to the high def quailty. I feel that if the company that is so powerfull like Micro would make a game system to be better than what it is. The second nail on the coffen is that the Playtion 3 has a intertgraded blue-ray player and the quailty of both audio and video are great and it is up to the high def stander form you can beat that. So that is what kill this brand of player sorry to say this but one has to go sad that all the people had to now sell their collection of hd-dvd movies and the player to go with it.

xb_teddybear
xb_teddybear

im sorry, but hd-dvd will never die simply because sony says blu-ray is better.Where's the proof that blu-ray is better. Also hd-dvd is the only hi-def format that can adapt to any graphical properties the world has to offer. Blue ray offers 50 gb software, thats because of the old jpeg data, it needs alot of data to produce hd quality picture and sound, where as hd-dvd uses only 15gb of info to produce the same hd picture and sound. A research study was conducted in '04, where it was proven then that hd-dvd was a better source of media software then blu-ray. i admit they did a pretty good job with SPIDERMAN 3, BUT they never gave hd-dvd a chance to produce the same movie.Finally when it comes to movies being on BLUE-RAY and HD-DVD, hd-dvd wins hands down. Invest in a format thats afforable and easy to use`, don't be fooled by flashy ps3 comercials

dhern
dhern

Well it's about time, I'll feel better about plunking down my money for something that the producers want. dhern@columbus.rr.com

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

is to prevent you from making any kind of copy of your media regardless of intent. Their view is that any copy is an illegal copy,[u]even a backup copy[/u]. Essentially, they are saying they have the right to control where, when, and how you use their products, law to the contrary notwithstanding.

DanLM
DanLM

[b]Adult Entertainment Goes HD-DVD[/b] http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/samiljan/4177 God, yahoo tech. I can't beleive I'm linking to it. Now isn't Adult vidio attributed to one of the major factors of VHS winning out over the Betamax? [i]The success of the VHS format over Betamax?and of the videotape industry in general?is widely attributed to adult movies being available in VHS.[/i] Agree or disagree with adult movies, they are a major force in sales when it comes to movies. And according to the article I linked to, Soney will not support adult movies? [i]Why is the adult entertainment industry going with HD-DVD? Well, it turns out that on Friday Sony announced its Blu-ray disc factories would not support any adult films. That doesn't mean that adult films can't end up on Blu-ray, but the process will be a lot more complicated. As a result, most major adult film producers are releasing their films in the HD-DVD format. [/i] Isn't Soney shooting itself in the foot here as far as sales go? Won't this contribute to a reduction of sales? I just don't think HD is dead yet. Not untill everyone agree's. Both the politically correct movie studios and the not politcally correct movie studios. Dan

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

What if this time around the two formats will be running along side-by-side? I have just ordered two combo-drives (Blu-Ray/Hd-DVD) made by LG. I would like that the two (Blu-Ray & HD-DVD) would be accessable to all so that WE as awhole would be able to purchase which ever/when ever we chose. Live on with both i say.

markinct
markinct

Predated the internet.... It's an influence to be sure, but my theory is that porn will decide the fate of Silverlight versus Flash with far greater influence than BD versus HD-DVD. I started to get the feeling that Blue Ray would win when I saw the differences in data (BD-ROM)... but when Disney pretty much got on board I knew the end was near for HD-DVD. I wonder if Redmond is flogging their interns to produce a mockup of "XBOX 360 - BD" for CES....

johnhgy
johnhgy

I think the number of movies on each format played a big without porns involvement. I could go into any video rental store in the UK and what were available in each format. The Philips system had the least Betamax had 2 or 3 times what Philips could offer,VHS on the other hand could offer at least double the combined offerings of the other two all mainstream with no porn in sight. How did VHS come to have so many films to offer,simple VHS was invented by JVC(Japanese Victor Company)JVC was a partner with RCA hence the combined company logo RCA Victor. The VHS system could offer a much larger number of films and most people thought VHS has more films thats the one to go for. I think much the same will happen with HD-DVD and Blue Ray

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