Saturday, January 05, 2008

Feeling Blu...

In case you haven't heard... This news might be the Brad-Pitt-in-Troy style death blow for Toshiba and HD DVD. So yes it looks like I might have picked a winner in the high definition DVD format war a bit prematurely...

Hollywood’s squabble over which of two technologies will replace standard DVDs skewed in the direction of the Sony Corporation on Friday, with Warner Brothers casting the deciding vote in favor of the company’s Blu-ray discs over the rival format, HD DVD.

In some ways, the fight is a replay of the VHS versus Betamax battle of the 1980s. This time, however, the Sony product appears to have prevailed.

“The overwhelming industry opinion is that this decides the format battle in favor of Blu-ray,” said Richard Doherty, research director at the Envisioneering Group, a market research firm in Seaford, N.Y. Read More...

Nice move by Warner Brothers' filthy lecher of a CEO Barry M. Meyer to wait until after Christmas to make this announcement so he could bilk HD DVD owners out of a few extra bucks.

I will *not* buy a Blu-ray player until I can get one for $25 at Sunoco. So Sony can take their "bargain" $299 players and shove them.


Wrecking Machine said...

I'm disgusted! I put so much faith in this site to inform me of the ins-and-outs of the entertainment industry, even before the industry itself has determined its course of action.

I shall no longer make note of anything here, nor will I tremble as I make no note of it.

Dolf said...

Sorry Machine. I knew I would have to face your wrath sooner or later on this issue.

In my defense, the announcement was somewhat of a shocker. HD DVD had the hardware momentum in the fourth quarter as well as the exclusive with Paramount and Universal.

GW said...

Nice work D.

This comes as a swift kick in the nads for us HD owners. I do take some solace though in knowing I bought mine for "only" 179 on Black Friday - and it came with 7 movies. So, throw the in the cost of renting those same seven movies, and I didn't spend too much more than if I had just bought a decent DVD player. I'm more upset about the 79 bucks spent on the HDDVD Planet Earth discs.

I'll give it another year or two and probably buy a PS3.

Dolf said...


You're right. It's not a complete loss!

I ended up with 10 free HD DVD movies and a very good upconverting DVD player out of the deal!

My original Toshiba DVD player is still going strong after nearly 10 years of use. Your A3 should last you many many years. So the Planet Earth isn't a total loss. By the time your A3 player wears out, the transition to digital downloading will probably be in place and you could probably pick up a dual format player for $25.

Also, keep an eye out for an HD DVD fire sale! I am waiting for $4.99 HD DVDs to start showing up any day now...

bt said...

Even if one format "wins," it doesn't seem like much of a victory to me. Only tech nerds such as ourselves are invested in this war... I have yet to meet a casual movie watcher who cares about the HD formats. It's still rare to even find an HDTV in the home of a non-geek!

I would like to see sales numbers of HD discs compared to DVDs. I would not be surprised if combined HD-DVD/Bluray sales totalled less than 10% of DVD. Also HD discs are usually priced in the $30-40 range. This is absolutely unacceptable.

The average consumer just doesn't care about HD. Look at current-gen consoles: the Wii, the only console that not support HD resolutions, is dominating sales based on mostly innovation and price point. HD discs are just DVDs with a prettier picture and more available disc space that may or may not be used. While they are attractive, it takes a lot more to sell something new to an everyday user.

By the way, thanks for pimping "The Wire." The second episode is on HBO On Demand now, and I can't wait to watch it tonight.

Wrecking Machine said...

"I'm more upset about the 79 bucks spent on the HDDVD Planet Earth discs."

Sorry, but this is a dumb statement. You already bought the set, and have probably watched it on your HD-DVD player. Thus, you got your value out of it and will continue to do so for as long as you have the HD-DVD player and decide you want to fire it up to view how purty the Earth can be.

What you should be upset about is that at some point soon, there will be NOTHING NEW released for your HD-DVD player. Thus, you will own a box that can ONLY view what you have gotten for it already.

"Only tech nerds such as ourselves are invested in this war..."

And that makes you the only people who are the losers in the fight. 1) You choose the wrong format, you lose. OR 2) You choose the right format, you are an early adopter and have paid through the nose. You lose.

I'm a geek and learned my lesson long ago: wait on the sidelines until such things come down in price, and all the kinks have been worked out. Ask all of those people who bought 1st generation PS2's (yo) how their lasers worked after 2 years or so, or all those XBox 360 owners who were told (initially) by Microsoft that the red ring of death wasn't a defect on their part.

Only fanatics jump into the digital battlefield before the winner has been determined and/or the first wave of casualties have been accounted for. But hey, if you want to pay large sums of money to have your head blown off by the technological and financial backfire so that vultures like myself can benefit from the finalized product, be my guest.

Dolf said...

"Thus, you will own a box that can ONLY view what you have gotten for it already."

Actually that is an incorrect statement... 1. It can also play gold ole regular DVDs at "near HD" quality. This is true in my real world observations. It is pretty hard for me to tell the difference.

2. There is quite a bit of HD DVD content out there right now. My guess is that it will soon be available for a steal. So it is probably worthwhile to pick up a few more HD DVD titles.

Dolf said...

BT, i have heard that the actual number is only 1 % of the overall market. So it's currently VERY small...