HD DVD camp may lose more of its supporters
January 10th, 2008 by Maxim · 2 Comments · 2,813 Views
After Warner Bros. decided to commit to Blu-Ray and stop releasing their movies on HD-DVD in May 2008, the HD-DVD camp has been reduced to just Universal Studio and Paramount as far as Hollywood studios go. The latter has an “escape” clause in their contract to switch to Blu-Ray should Warner Bros. switch too (WB is the biggest studio). Warner’s sister companies, HBO and Lionsgate, are also switching to Blu-Ray.
Paramount at the moment states that it will keep supporting HD-DVD, to which it comitted exclusively as recently as August, 2007.
It’s been rumored that Universal Studio’s commitment to HD DVD exclusively has expired today.
Microsoft, the largest backer of HD-DVD after Toshiba, confirmed that they will not support Blu-Ray for as long as Toshiba wants to make HD-DVD hardware. Sales of Toshiba’s hardware, HD-DVD players such as HD A2, HD A3, HD XA2 and HD A35 have been very strong in the 4th quarter of 2007, especially on Amazon and Buy.com. The strength of sales of their hardware, which is much cheaper then most Blu-Ray players, is the biggest hope of Toshiba for survival, if not success, of HD-DVD format.
However, the last nail in the coffin of HD-DVD may be the decision of retailers to sell HD-DVD players and movie titles. If retailers have too big of inventory of HD-DVD players, they may try to put them on sale, which ironically may contribute to spike in HD-DVD sales.
Another interesting question is whether we need HD disks at all. There’s so much fiber-optic infrastructure now that a new breed of hardware and services can emerge – HD movie downloads. They may replace HD formats the way MP3 stores replaced audio CDs.
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