Consumers Urged to decide on Blu-ray or HD-DVD

People who own an HD DVD player can forget about watching "Spider-Man 3" in high definition when it goes on sale during the holiday season. The movie from Sony Pictures will only be available in the Blu-ray DVD format.

Likewise, people with Blu-ray players won't be able to enjoy the action-thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum," which Universal Pictures will release only in HD DVD.

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TriggerHappy4022d ago

I would have to agree with them on this article, you either gotta pick one, or pick them both to enjoy the best of both worlds. If you want Spiderman or something that is exclusive to blu ray, get yourself a blu ray.

If you favor hd dvd's offerings, you know what to do.

cuco334022d ago

sales figures of hardware and software is leading a path to a stalemate in this format war. studios who are exclusive to one might make movies on both formats since business logic dictates more format = more money. it's only smart.

sadly it is up to the consumer to decide which he wants now. the possibility of MANY people owning the next betamax is there but i feel it'll be like the dvd+r / dvd-r war

ShiftyLookingCow4022d ago

If both were Blu Ray, I will pick Bourne Ultimatum over Cr*ppywebslinger 3 any day. Now I will pick neither and hope Universal gives up the war soon.

MK_Red4022d ago

Good point. When the uber big studios of Paramount (Dream Works) & Warner Bros (New Line) are natural and big Sony (Columbia, MGM) and Disney (Miramax) are on the other side, its not smart for Universal to be the only HD-DVD exclusive studio. Warner has shown some HD-DVD love recently with Matrix Trilogy and 300's more advanced features so in the end, either Universal goes natural (Likely) or Warner joins HD-DVD camp to restore balance (Unlikely).

Crazyglues4022d ago

For one I have decided not to buy either Blu-Ray or HD-DVD for this exact reason, since the war is getting crazy in the sense that now we have movie titles not coming out on one form of media which sucks for the consumer.

So I will just buy everything on DVD and that's fine, to me the DVD is just fine, I don't really need the movie to be in crazy high detail. Plus dvd's are cheap so it's a win win.

NextGen24Gamer4022d ago (Edited 4022d ago )

You can own the HD dvd add on for the 360 and buy Spiderman on Standard DVD. You can play it in your HD dvd drive and have it upscaled to 1080p if you have a 1080p TV.

Sure its not the same as the HD version...But you don't have to miss out on it entirely like the article claims. Same goes with Disney films. Buy them on DVD and you don't miss your favorite movies at all. You can watch them upscalled 1080p. Or download them on xbox live in HD. Either way. You don't entirely loose out.

Price will determine the the format war. People say Sony has more support. But in reality they only have Disney. HD dvd has Universal...all the other studio's in between support both formats.

Fox isn't actively releasing blu rays. They release one here and one there...6 months apart. They are waiting before they release all their library of movies on either format.

Me....I have both HD dvd and blu ray.

P.S. Universal is the biggetst movie studio of them all BTW.


THAMMER14022d ago (Edited 4022d ago )

Why would any member of this site disagree with this post? Hmm Oh yeah you told the truth.

Sams club has 360 HDDVD players for $129.95 + 6 free movies. I just bought a 1080p Polaroid HDTV which is awesome and now that I know the 360 drive will upscale regular DVDs to 1080p I'm sold. Thanks Bro.

edit: Yeah guys you can do that with the PS3 too. Now are you happy? We included the PS3. Now go wipe your fannies.

fenderputty4022d ago

the same thing with my PS3 don't you?

ShAkKa4022d ago

you can watch universal DVDs on ps3 upscale also thats how i`ll watch JASON BOURNE TRILOGY and Children of Man.

Real Gambler4022d ago

That's likely why some people do not agree with you. They likely think you're a xbox owner who doesn't even have the hddvd addon! Once you've watch a HD movie, there's no coming back to simple dvd, even if upscaling does improve them a bit, there's no miracle...

xfrgtr4022d ago (Edited 4022d ago )

ELITE LIAR,I can watch MATRIX upscalled 1080p too."Universal is the biggest movie studio of them all BTW".HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
STUDIO MARKET SHARE:Universal 10.7% ,like I said you are an elite liar
Youre are a blind xbot liar who doesn't even have a PS3,BTW hddvd is on life support.Blu-ray has outsold HD DVD for 7 months in a row now by a factor of 2:1.

Whoooop4022d ago

P.S. Universal is the biggest movie studio of them all BTW?????

common you're better than that. am I right?

Fighter4022d ago

FOX is 100% Blu-ray. They did release a couple of films but were holding their big titles until Blu-ray introduced the BD+ security feature Fox will now release some of their biggest titles only on Blu-ray.

Don't forget that Miramax is also under Disney and I'm sure you heard of movies like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2. You also forgot to mention that Blu-ray has Columbia/tristar pictures and MGM which are both Sony owned properties.

Blu-ray has more to offer for consumers compared to HD-DVD.

DVD Upscaling is a major disgrace for HDTVs compared to true HD 1080p movies. The details on Blu-ray or HD-DVD can never be done in DVD upscaling therefore the experience is very lame.

NextGen24Gamer4022d ago

I wasn't talking about ONE year. I was talking about per movie gross for many years....

Universal has more movies that have grossed over 200 million at the box office than any other studio.

Every companies have slow years....But the Universal Collection of movies is massive with Blockbusters....

resistance1004022d ago

You do know that upscaled dvds look very poor compared with HD movies

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Bloodmask4022d ago

will be decided when the players reach a $100 to $200 price point. I see HDDVD acheiving this pricepoint first.

Whoooop4022d ago

you will see it the HDDVD way. Whatever makes you sleep at night :)

Greysturm4022d ago

People have not been so responsive to pricecuts from this technologies too much. This is explained that smaller prices change little the fact that to entry cost must be first covered by buying and hdtv which are still expensive for the average joe that is why the ps3 was so effective at pushing the format since at its pricepoint it was obvious that id you afforded 600 dollars for a console you would take full advantage of its hd features. Unless hdtv have a joint pricecut when players reach sub 200 it still wont make that much of a difference.

cdzie14022d ago

HD DVD can do everything that Blu-ray can do (1080p, lossless audio) and more (PiP, web features, etc) for hundreds less. I think HD DVD will sweep this holiday in a landslide and we'll see all major studios support HD DVD by early next year.

Just my opinion, we'll see what consumers decide. Although, unlike DVD & VHS, I think the market can support 2 formats.

Fighter4022d ago

I read reviews of the 300 HD-DVD and I remember reading the PIP feature is in standard definition. Blu-ray will have their own PIP feature coming in the next month or so with the inclusion of the BD-Java feature.

Primetimebt4022d ago

It's nice to see you back giving your opinions again. What's your batting average again 000? Spiderman, Pirates of Carribean, and those PS3 being sold during the holiday and you still think HD DVD in a whitewash of Blu Ray.