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#1 Ironman273


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 15:53

HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn

Posted Jan 4th 2008 10:14PM by Ryan Block

We just got an email which stated that the HD DVD group is canceling its CES press conference; tail severely between legs over today's explosive news that Warner -- the last "undecided" studio -- was going to the other side and doing Blu-ray discs exclusively. We're not sure if that's because the HD DVD group was in 11th hour negotiations with Warner or what, but the mood at that camp has to be beyond somber right now, so it's pretty hard to thump the tub when you've just been dealt a hard losing hand. Notice posted after the break.

Update: Toshiba, masters of the HD DVD format, just issued a press release expressing their "particular disappointment" with Warner, also implying that the move to go Blu-ray exclusive is actually in breach of contract. The particularly depressing release is also posted after the break.

Update 2: Doing a little victory dance of its own, Blu-ray is touting its CES presence as "Best Booth of All Time". No, not at all puerile. Nyah.

--snip (cancellation email)--
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.

--snip (the release of disappointment, PR cousin to the walk of shame)--
Toshiba's Comment on Announcement from Warner Bros. Entertainment of Its Exclusive Support for Blu-ray Disc Format

TOKYO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner
Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact
that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning
the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long
maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together
to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define
and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite
of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as
other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the
US market in 2007.

We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other
HD DVD partner companies and evaluate potential next steps. We remain firm
in our belief that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs
of the consumer.


#2 rajputwarrior


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 16:29

yeah it's over...

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 16:53


#4 magik


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 16:57


This is exactly why I never bought an HD-DVD player. Now I'll just wait for Blu-Ray players to become affordable. :p

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:05

crap...and I just got a hd-dvd player for christmas

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:10

oh man, this sucks... especially for the consumer here in Canada. During this xmas, 70 of 100 people that bought some sort of HD content, half went to the HD-DVD cause of its affordability... but now all these people have been left behind and are forced to buy $500 Blu-ray players or the soon to be dead PS3

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:13

Sore losers.

#8 Dogan


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:14

or the soon to be dead PS3

LOL. Especially now that hd-dvd is kicking ass, right? :laugh:
The way I see it, this will only boost PS3 sales.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:15

Great. The consumers get crapped on yet again.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:27

Honestly I think HD-DVD can still win if attacks Blu-Ray on all fronts, Games, Movies, and Computer. Make the HD DVD Rom standard like the DVD-ROM. Sell HD DVD Roms for 100 bucks, and burners for 150.

Just My Idea, Seeing how This format over isnt just over movies.. I would hope.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:34

HD DVD can't win this "war" all they can do is just keep on rolling but theres no way they can drive Blu-Ray outta the market especially now.

Anyone with a dream of Blu-ray now dying or loosing this "war" is in a dream world.

#12 Ayepecks


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 17:50

As soon as Sony introduces a low-cost player, the war is essentially over.

Until that happens, HD DVD is going to continue to put up a fight, but they won't win without a miracle. It's over.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 18:04

forced to buy $500 Blu-ray players or the soon to be dead PS3

What? Soon to be dead PS3? You must be joking right? Simple Troll... The PS3 is selling very well since the new 40Gig $399 edition came out. Even the $499 is selling quite well. And it's the cheapest Blu-Ray player you can buy (Profile 1.1).

You're not forced to buy a $500 player.... Get a $399 PS3 instead and as a bonus, you get a nice gaming console.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 18:04

As soon as Sony introduces a low-cost player, the war is essentially over.

Until that happens, HD DVD is going to continue to put up a fight, but they won't win without a miracle. It's over.

but sony and low-cost don't go together lol... its more about some chinese company coming out with dirt cheap players

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 18:06

This move is very odd to me. I don't understand how a $178 player with 10 free movies is being beaten over Blu-Ray's almost double price.