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Paramount Drops Blu-ray Support; Does Not Include Spielberg Movies

Despite selling more movies on the Blu-ray format, Paramount has announced today that they will begin supporting HD DVD exclusively. This move, rumored to be driven by a $150M exclusivity deal with the HD DVD group, comes after Paramount began favoring Blu-ray releases with higher quality video encodings and more HD features. The deal covers all of Paramount's properties excluding those directed by Steven Spielberg.

The move will inevitably lengthen a format war which should never have been. Consumers will unfortunately suffer the most, as they will be forced to support a format which is being supported by corporations instead of consumers. No word was given as to how long the exclusivity agreement is for, but rumors indicate through 2008.

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xfrgtr3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

"Sources tell me that Paramount, which has been publishing on both Blu-ray and HD DVD, will receive $50 million to continue publishing in HD. "The deal is that anything they release on Blu-ray, they'll have to release in HD," a source told me. In addition, the studio will give the HD format exclusivity for some older titles in its catalogue".On Dreamworks: "But the $100 million from HD-DVD for DreamWorks Animation is a huge $$$ infusion for that still struggling public company. Sources tell me the money is for "promotional consideration" on future titles beginning with Shrek The Third. "Exactly what 'promotional consideration' means is that if there's an ad running for the Shrek The Third DVD, it'll mention that the pic is available on HD as well Blu-ray". I don't call this Exclusive,but the money is for their continuing support of the DEAD hddvd.Microsoft gives HD DVD group money through Toshiba, and then they hand out money to studios to 'keep those studios publishing on HD DVD' - does anyone else not see that HD DVD is dead - it's on life support.

sticky doja3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

So how is it HD DVD is dead or on life support. If you want to watch Shrek the 3rd and Transformers, buy an HD DVD player.

coolmatrix3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Do you ride the short yellow bus to school? Not a knock, just a question!

MS sell the most expensive, unreliable DVD player (Elite) in the world at $479.99 and another DVD (HD) at $179.99 for a TOTAL : $659.98.

Am I missing something?

PS3 is for $499.99 or $599.99 complete HiDEF experience with all the features MS 360 DVD players have.

So you play games ONLY on the MS DVD. Want to watch HD, buy another expensive DVD (HD-DVD) player.

SO MS IS SELLING SUCKERS TWO DVD PLAYERS: one low end and one in HD!

Wow! Way to go. A sucker is born every second. Now I know why!!!!!

But wait, you will be buying another Xbox in what 3 years with no Backward Compatibility. WOW! Every second.

Milk, milk, milk.

Oh yes, MS is forcing consumers to buy HD DVD!

I did not buy any 360, will not buy VISTA and heck not even wasting my time with MS and Paramount. If I really want SHrek the Third that bad, I will watch it on DVD on my PS3.

360 Elite + HD DVD addon + LIVE + another XBox in say 3 years. WOW!!!

Milk, milk, milk, milk em dry.

MS meeting: How do we increase sales of our products?

People want to watch movies in HD, yes Mr Bill. We need a way to make them buy our HD DVD addon and then also buy and Xbox and Live. What can we do team? Think, think!!!!

A sucker (ahem customer) is suckered every second!!!!

ALI-G3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

MICROSOFT DO NOT GIVE MONKY A@@ ABOUT HD DVD .
ALL THEY DOINTG IS FCUKING UP BLUE-RAY > taking the biggest advantage the PS3 will have if Blue-ray won the format
milk milk milk your dumb useless unreliable brain ( if you had brain you would not bought BS3 and forced with BLUE-RAY format )

another xbox in 3 years goooooood news i am the first to buy it
becuase xbox = GAMES GAMES GAMES

A Man3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Now all the sony fanboys will get angry... Once again you live with the truth. HD DVD will win in the end, better quality, better movies and more surport in the long term. If Blu-ray goes under the player in the ps3 is useless. Get ready for a HD DVD ready PS3. LOL

IRISHCALIBER3624d ago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc said on Monday they will release their DVD titles exclusively on HD DVD, the high-definition digital movie format whose sales have lagged those of rival Blu-Ray so far this year.

Paramount, which distributes DreamWorks Animation's DVDs, settled on HD DVD after determining that the format offers better quality and lower-cost players and lower manufacturing costs, the studios said in a statement.

Two competing technologies -- HD DVD and Blu-Ray -- are waging a battle to dominate the next generation of DVD players that promise crisper video, audio and in some cases more content in the multibillion-dollar home entertainment arena.

Paramount's first releases under the exclusive HD DVD program include "Blades of Glory" on August 28 and the summer blockbusters "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third," due for release later this fall.

The exclusive agreement does not include movies directed by Steven Spielberg for DreamWorks SKG, which is a Paramount unit. His films are not exclusive to either format, Paramount said.

The agreement does include all other movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films.

HD DVD was developed by Toshiba Corp and backed by Microsoft Corp and is supported by Warner Bros., Universal Studios, New Line Cinema, HBO and the Weinstein Co.

Blu-Ray discs use Sony Corp -backed technology and are supported by most of the major U.S. movie studios.

Both formats came on the market last year. Blu-Ray outsold HD DVD by 2 to 1 in the United States in the first half of 2007, according to Home Media Research.

An estimated 3.7 million high-definition discs have been sold, including 2.2 million in Blu-Ray and 1.5 million in HD DVD through the end of July, Home Media Research said last week.

Gamespot-equals-EGM3624d ago

Will be interesting to see what Blockbuster does.

Blockbuster ***has*** to stock Transformers and Shrek 3 in HD in its brick and mortar stores. If they don't, they're leaving so much money on the table. My guess is they'll probably just make exceptions for those two movies (and any other big Paramount movie coming out on HD-DVD).

cuco333624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

is more proof on my theory how HD DVD is far from dead and this 'war' is far from over. studios will either go multiformat or switch sides (like you see here with paramount)

be ready to embrace both formats since they are here to stay. the only question i have is how will sony's camp handle the BR side? will they bastardize it like they did with UMD and MiniDisk or allow it to strive as a neutral format in high def viewing?

to below: this is a tad side tracked but ofr HD DVD player i wouldn't own the add on. it would be HD-A2 unless i hold off for the 3rd gen toshiba player.

eLiNeS3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

The Disagrees are on the high in here, just showing a lot of pissed PS3 fandroids. Disagree all you want but we've been saying it all along, HD-DVD FTW!

What will Fony do with 4 million PS3 they will have to recall?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH A HA

Kaneda3623d ago

I think Transformer produced by Steven Spielberg...but directed by Michael Bay...

So is it only HD-DVD exclusive?

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drtysouf213624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

and its probably safe to say that this format war is going to last a lot longer. Good thing i have a PS3 and HD DVD add on for my 360 in the mean time but still having two formats isn't a good thing.

http://www.reuters.com/arti...

Looks like i'll be getting Transformers on HD DVD.

sticky doja3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

Transformers is tha shiznit.

Edit: Whoever disagreed, can you tell me why you didn't like Transformers? Chicks weren't hot enough? Action not crunk enough? Optimus Prime not cool enough?

blusoops3624d ago

Transformers was produced by Spielberg, so I guess I'll be getting this one on Blu-Ray anyway!!! LOL

Bnet3433624d ago

for having a playstation avatar and not being a fanboy.

Delive3624d ago

http://www.allmovie.com/cg/...

24th name down on the list of the Credits for Transformers.

Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer

eLiNeS3624d ago

No Blu-ray for you, it says in the press release it will be on HD-DVD, "Paramount Home Entertainment will launch its exclusive HD DVD program with the release of the blockbuster comedy hit "Blades of Glory" on August 28th and follow with two of the biggest grossing movies of the year "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third"."

DeadIIIRed3624d ago

Oh and you get Tom Cruise too. I'll admit it hurts a little, but at least we'll get Superbad, chika chika.

blusoops3623d ago

Hmmm...well even if it doesn't come out in Blu-Ray, I'll still get Transformers on regular DVD and have my PS3 upscale it to 1080p. Not as good as Native 1080P but pretty dam close!

MikeGdaGod3623d ago

i can get Transformers on dvd and upscale it through the ps3. no need to buy an EXTRA player just to do that.

i think Paramount is just trying to get as much money as possible from whoever. wont work with me. i already got it on bootleg....ha!

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Loudninja3624d ago

I guess this will go down as one of the mistakes in this war.I mean really, how can they be so stupid First of all, there movies already sold better on blu-ray.And second, Blu-ray sold more has a whole.

No where does it say they will drop Blu0ray

eLiNeS3624d ago

"Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) and DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE: DWA), each announced today that they will exclusively support the next-generation HD DVD format on a worldwide basis. The exclusive HD DVD commitment will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment."

Antan3624d ago

So a combo player it is then!! lol.

sticky doja3624d ago (Edited 3624d ago )

"The move by the two studios will include the upcoming blockbuster "Shrek the Third" and all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Paramount previously released movies in both formats.

"Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theater, and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience," said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. "I believe HD DVD is not only the affordable high quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.""

Looks like the war is FAR from over.

Edit: @Sony Loyalist
I doubt Microsoft forked the bill, since Toshiba owns HD DVD. Also on thinking the 360 will be third, it very well could be, but if it is it won't be third by very much. There will be no winner of this Console war like there was with the PS2 era. All 3 systems are too good for that to happen.

xfrgtr3624d ago

"$150M exclusivity deal with the HD DVD group":LIFE SUPPORT

The Brave 13624d ago

hey sticky wake up dude!this is just microsoft pooring money into this war that they soon will loose.all signs point to a blu victory.the problem is the longer it lasts the better for microsoft.ther loosing the format war ,they will soon loose the lead in the console war ,and come a distant third by the way.

sjappie3624d ago

they're just one off the companies that back it, if anything, Sony has a hell of a lot more at stake with Bluray.