Up to 1,000 new indie titles to be made available in HD DVD through the CustomFlix DVD on Demand Program; Sundance Channel original series, 'Big Ideas for a Small Planet,' to be among first HD television offerings on Amazon.com.
sounds good i love sundance hopefully scratch come out on HD DVD!
So now mainstream cinema is supporting Blu-ray and indie films are with HD DVD. The battle is getting more and more interesting.
As an HD DVD fan, it’s nice that we’ll have 1,000 extra indie films available, but I don’t think it will have much of an impact for the average consumer. Certainly this attests to the fact that HD DVDs are far easier and cheaper to produce than Blu-ray discs.
The best way Microsoft can help HD DVD is to lower the Xbox drive to $99, they would double the install base. How about an E3 announcement next week???
You got Amazon.com to support you, I think it's huge.
Im really excited to see this fall is what Tv shows are gonna be on which format that will sway my descision...im leaning toward HD-DVD bc of "Heroes" and "300"
Waiting on IFC now. I watch IFC every week.
When i find out which format HBO is supporting, the war is over for me, all i want is HIDEF entourage.
that's ALL I WANT.
but it would be cool to have a collection of sundance's short films all on ONE hd dvd.
HBO is owned by Warner Bros, which supports both formats. They already released “The Sopranos” (part 1 of season 6) and I know “Band of Brothers” is available in Japan on HD DVD (not sure about other regions). If you look on the HD DVD promotion site ( http://www.thelookandsoundo... there is an HBO logo on the bottom.
-All I so on the BD side is more studio support, but lack quality and interactive features.
-All I see on the HD-DVD side is better quality(IMO), interactive features, but less studio support.
Studio support like game developers can all flip-flop, so this war was far from over. HD-DVD is on the loosing end, as we all know, but if MS is really interested in DLC, why they making all these little moves?
If they really wanted HD-DVD to gain more attention, by adding it to the Xbox360, which had a year start, would of had over 10million+ consumers, that are "capable" of pushing software, not that everybody would. Plus the Stand-alone HD-DVD players that have sold well.
I don't get you MS, unless, they know something I do not.
MS knows that for the next couple of years the vast majority of consumers, when faced to choose a disk-based video delivery mechanism will choose good old DVD. For starters, they already own the players. And the movies run as low as $5 each for back catalog and $12-15 for new releases. DVD is a $20 Billion a year business unto itself. Blue laser movies so far are on a pace to deliver, maybe, 1% of that volume.
In other words, the masses aren't buying BD or HD-DVD and they won't. For a while.
But movie and home theater enthusiasts (the target for indie movies) *are* buying. Think of this as HD-DVD's counter to the Blockbuster announcement. "You get the cheapskate rental market, we'll go for the affluent art house movie watcher market." >;-)
BTW, Microsoft's involvement should be no surprise; MS has a long history with art house movie theaters; their tech is being used to move many of them to the Digital Cinema era. The movies in question *start out* as VC-1 files from the film maker to the art house theater. And now, thanks to Amazon, the same files can be used for readily available hard copies in small size runs that the big studios don't much bother with.
There is a lot more to this than just BD vs HD-DVD; its also independent producers vs Hollywood...
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