Archive for the ‘DVD’ Category

Microsoft Following The Lead To Ditch HD-DVD

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Microsoft Corp has announced it will stop making HD DVD video players following Toshiba Corp pulling the plug on the high definition movie technology and following announcements by Warner Bros and Wal-Mart to exclusively back Sony Corp’s Blu-ray video technology.

Microsoft and Intel have been the biggest supporters of HD DVD to date, however, the market has spoken and Microsoft knows when the game is up. With bundling of movie players and video game consoles, Microsoft, like Sony recognise the devices as channels for delivering games, movies and Web content. 

Microsoft will continue product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD players already sold.

Is Toshiba Finally Laying Down The Sword on HD DVD?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

It seems Toshiba is close to bailing in the battle of BluRay and high-def DVD battle and give up on its HD DVD format. The competing Blu-ray technology, lead by Sony Corp, seems to be the final winner in the 3 year battle.

Sony [Blu-ray] and Toshiba [HD DVD] lead competing consortiums vying to set the standard for the next-generation DVD and compatible video equipment.

The end of the war will be welcomed by yet to purchase consumers, who have paitently waited for a winner to emerge, before investing in DVD players and game stations. With a single victor, the DVD industry is expected to pick up the pace of development in the high-definition DVD space.

The final strokes that cup Toshiba’s followers down included:

Recent announcement by United States retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc that it would abandon the HD DVD format and stock only Blu-ray movies.

Previous announcement by Warner Bros that it was supporting Blu-ray exclusively. Warner Bros. Entertainment will be releasing its high-definition titles “exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning around June 2008. According to Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, the move is a “strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want…….the window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger.”

Will this finally signal the exit of Toshiba from the next generation DVD business, with the company suffering losses likely to run to tens of billions of yen?

HD-DVD Loses Fight For Backing By Warner Bros.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The jury is finally out on the battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray, well as far as Warner Bros is concerned anyway. Warner Bros. has announced it will drop the HD DVD format entirely by the end of May 2008 and go exclusively with the Blu-ray. Whilst many will say the war is not over, this is certainly a round one victory to Blu-ray.

The question on everyones lips is will the support of just 2 studios [Paramount and Universal] be enough to keep HD DVD viable? And what does Toshiba slashing prices on their entry-level HD DVD players say – a move to reinvigorate a flagging product, or getting a few cents on the dollar out whilst they can.

At a time when the world share markets are in chaos, I wouldn’t be putting any money in HD DVD stocks just yet.

And who knows, one never knows what technology is just around the corner to shake Blu-ray out of its boxes.

Blu-ray Lead Increasing Over HD-DVD

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Since our first update ‘Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD‘ 10 weeks ago on the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD battle, the game is still running hot.

 HD DVD launched in April 2006; Blu-ray in June 2006. HD DVD is supposedly cheaper to produce. Since that time, 2.14 million discs have been sold: 1.2 million Blu-ray Discs and about 937,500 HD DVDs.

Since Blu-ray and HD DVD first launched, the sales of high-definition discs in the first quarter show 70 percent were Blu-ray Disc and 30 percent were HD DVD – Source: Home Media Magazine.

And it seems Blu-ray sales are climbing at a faster pace. There is a definite preference for Blu-ray. As an example, the video The Departed was released by Warner in both formats on the same day, February 13. The sales to March 31 showed 53,640 copies of the film sold on Blu-ray Disc and 31,590 on HD DVD. Source: Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data.

From January 1-March 31, consumers bought almost 1.2 million high-definition discs–832,530 Blu-ray units and 359,300 HD DVDs–according to Home Media Magazine. In March, consumers bought 335,980 Blu-ray Discs and 119,570 HD DVDs.

Studio support for Blu-ray Disc [five out of six] is also leading HD DVD [three out of six]. Sony, Disney and Fox are supporting Blu-ray exclusively. Lionsgate. Paramount and Warner support both formats. Universal is the only major studio to release titles only in the HD DVD format.

Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Following on from our 2007 predictions that BlueRay will trounce HD by year end, we have an update. According to media reports,  sales of Blu-ray Discs have overtaken sales of HD-DVD discs in recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the end for HD-DVD. However, as far as I can tell, many are jumping to conclusions a little too early. Two HD-DVD players from Toshiba do not appear to be holding ground against , the Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Pioneer. Just to confuse matters, Apples HD-DVD player add on for the Xbox360 has been countered by Sony with its Blu-ray Player equipped Playstation 3.  And in case your really can’t decide, LG  has launched a Blu-ray Disc/HD-DVD combo player.  Taking the game to a higher level Toshiba has announced its 2G HD-DVD players with Samsung about to do likewise with its Blu-ray Disc Player. Looks to me like the game is still on, and it isn’t over yet! 

As for me, I am about to embark on the rebuilding of a leaky house, so anticipate that a clear winner will emerge by the time I do at the end of my project, and ready to upgrade my home entertainment systems.

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