The HD-DVD supporters have gone though the petition route look to save HD-DVD format. Nearly 9000 petitions have been signed so far by HD-DVD fans urging Warner to reconsider its position in HD-DVD. I wish the content of the petition didn’t use words like “Greedy Sony Corporation or “Inferior Blu-Ray format” for reasoning but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
The result is in! The leading Hi-Def media in sale, Blu-ray is not only leading HD-DVD as expected but captured a whopping 85 percent share in Hi-Def market. Home Media Magazine has posted the most recent hi-def disc sales and also revealed none of the HD-DVD releases make it to the Top 10 list. The Warner decision to endorse Blu-Ray exclusively certainly plays a big factor in the chart. HD-DVD was holding steady with a healthy 39% share during the holidays season. It’s a completely different situation now with the World’s largest media company turn against them.
Some of you probably have purchased one of them, the Blu-ray or HD-DVD player with Free 5 movies offer in the mail deal. I sent mine out for god knows how long, if it weren’t for this idiotic reminder I could have forgotten all about it. I got this postcard in mail yesterday, they are asking if I wish to cancel the free titles promotion order cause of an unexplained delay in process.
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It was barely 5 months ago When Paramount pledged to back HD-DVD exclusively, now they are about to drop it. The deal was said to involve cash incentive of $150 million, Paramount ditched the Blue for Red with 18 months contract. Can they break the allegiance now to side with Blu-ray instead? The Financial Times said there’s a condition in the contract that would allowed Paramount to back off the deal in the events that if Warner Bros is endorsing the Blu-ray. They aren’t sure if the same get-out clause apply to DreamWorks animation but seemed certain with Paramount. “Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD DVD after Warner Brothers’ recent backing of Sony’s Blu-ray technology,” If Warner move hasn’t change the outcome of the format war, this might just do it.
Shortly Warner announcement on Blu-Ray exclusive endorsement, the HD DVD Consortium canceled their press conference at CES 2008. It wasn’t a silent retreat, perhaps a regrouping of new strategy destined to fail turn the format war around. Toshiba has spoken and acknowledged Warner shocking move to its rival but they have not lost the battle just yet.
Back in August we showed you the dual Blu-Ray and HD-DVD USB drive Buffalo were planning on launching in Japan, and lamented its absence elsewhere in the world; well, at CES 2008 they're announcing US availability, meaning that the format-indecisive can take their pick from both new standards, as well as the old favourites CD and DVD.
After Warner Brothers turned up their nose at HD-DVD and placed themselves firmly into the Blu-Ray camp, fellow Time Warner studio New Line Cinema have also announced their intention to switch solely to that format.
As with its sibling studio, New Line Cinema is expected to continue releasing HD-DVD discs until the end of May.
Warner finally has the decision after long period of being dual format supporter since day one. The rumor came true; they are going to switch to Blu-ray exclusively. Recent leaks from Warner’s top exclusives have indication of Blu-ray endorsement if the blue camp continue to outsell its rival during the Holidays season. They made their choice; Blu-ray is the future. HD-DVD supporters will have their chances to get the last of Warner’s copies of red disks until then, Hi Def titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May of 2008.