Blu-ray fans, get 'em while they're hot: Paramount/DreamWorks has confirmed that they will discontinue production on all past Blu-ray catalog after current retail supplies are depleted.
They can spin the issue all they want, but when it comes down to all seriousness, the REAL reason they switched sides is because of money. It's not like they weren't enjoying the larger market share that Blu-Ray offered.
we all know this is why but they will be back =]
Para what? ;)
i mean it IS blu that is under investigation in europe for shady dealings to get the current studio support. i applaud HD DVD and paramount for this news and it's cool they are allowing current BD movies to sell out. it's an obvious choice if you aren't a sony fanboy that what is better for the consumer is HD DVD for the following reasons
1. bluray still have not finalized their specs yet.
2. stand alone sales are negligible compared to ps3 which seems to be the player of choice
3. stand alone BR players are so expensive no one's buying them and maybe it's because those who research see that they don't want to own an obsoleted BR stand alone soon as BR's ver 1.1 specs come out. sorry, can't upgrade the firmware either
4. cheaper players and cheaper media means the consumer wins in the HD movie format
oh and if you think i am pro HD DVD, i am not. i am neutral and was a hige ps and bluray fanboy but the BDA group need to get their heads out their asses cuz they are SERIOUSLY dropping the ball
Sorry about the noob mistake. I submitted my own tip which looks weird on top. This is my first.
Let the dust have them.
Paramount switch to the wrong side because of $150 million. Blu-Ray is out selling HD DVD. I don't own any HD DVD player at all. I got a Playstation 3 already why would I even need a HD DVD. Plus Blu-Ray have more contents.
I wonder what will Paramount say after the deal is over?
"our SUPER DUPER market research was not THAT good so....blu ray for everyone XD" -Paramount 2009
I might buy some of the remaining BDs but I'm certainly not going to be buying a HD-DVD player anytime soon.
business venture that has share holders is out to make money so im not surprised they jumped at the 150 mil. are any of you guys saying if you were offered the same money you wont take it. it is good for them they have sold some blu ray movies now they can make some money from the hd dvd side as well. it might be a bad choice but we wont know till the format war is over
Have to get top gun Blu-ray asap.
I better get MI3 before they run out. -_-' They won 150 million, but will probably lose out on 3 times that much for their decision.
Enjoy your lackluster HD-DVD sales Paramount. Transformers would have sold a ton on Blu ray. I can't wait to see how the Spielburg flicks sell on Blu compared to HD DVD.
THis is a pretty bad mistake by them. It will hurt them in the long run after Blu-Ray has become the standard movie medium.
No.. it will not hurt them...
Why? cause if "after Blu-Ray has become the standard movie medium." they can always make blu-ray movies... simple as that.
Ofcourse you are assuming that HD DVD have no chance... but I will not get into that... will go by the worst case excenario for HD DVD as many of you seem to think is without a doubt the only way this format war can turn out to be.
Regarless of which format wins.. at the end.. all studios will support it. Who ever comes late will simply not make some catch.. but who knows.. maybe paramount figured... 150Mil that they can use to work on other projects... while blu-ray wins is better... than jump into blu-ray and not really make much...
Paramount will not lose anything on this deal... Right now HD sells do not affect their revenue at all... maybe it will affect them 2 years from now... when HD movies start selling more movies than standard dvd movies. If things don't work with HD DVD and blu-ray becomes the HD format of choice on the mass market... they can always go back and make their movies on blu-ray... and all you Sony fanboys forget this ever happened. This already happened before... a few studios supported betamax... and hey are doing just fine today.
At this point Parament risk a low... since most of their revenue is on theaters and DVD not HD... you people are acting as if HD sells are helpeing studios make a fortune. Let's not forget that blu-ray sells are only 1.2 Mil since January (all studios supporting blu-ray)... hardly any fortune there... and HD DVD (700K+) not even 2:1 with very limited studio support and less movies.
Studios supporting any of the formats can hope they will brake even... profits.. not likely.
So, your dooms day perdictions for paramount are just fictional.
If worst come to worst... Paramount can just make blu-ray movies... and not lose a thing.
Studios do not care about the hardware figures given by HD-DVD or Blu-ray manufacturers, especially since HD-DVD Association has been caught 'adjusting' competitors sales data as of lately. What they care about is movie sales, which is what they make actual money off of. If they stand to make 2~3 times more money on Blu-ray than HD-DVD, so long as no bribery is involved, they tend to make the intelligent choice of supporting Blu-ray.
Now hardware sales are important because while not every PS3 owner currently utilizes the Blu-ray movie functionality of their consoles, once the HDTV market becomes dominant they WILL put that functionality to good use, and thus generate enormous amounts of profit for the movie studios that were smart enough to invest in Blu-ray films.
I warn the users of this site to be wary of the 'facts' given by Bladestar, Power of Green, and EliteGamer. One example why is that they typically state that Blu-ray hardware sales aren't far ahead of HD-DVD hardware sales...except that they count the HD-DVD add-on for Xbox 360 but ignore the existence of PS3, which obviously has a huge impact on the HD Movie market. Blu-ray was also launched 6 months after HD-DVD, and yet still managed to gain a significant lead within a year's time. What does that tell you?
"so long as no bribery is involved, they tend to make the intelligent choice of supporting Blu-ray. "
I think by "intelligent" you mean "profit." Yes, any company, unless there are outside factors, will choose the way to make the most money. That is by being neutral, because people will always buy more for both formats than by only selling to one. Of course, HD movies right now is a very small market, but, still, to make the most profit you would sell on all current formats.
This is why so many bluray fans are making it out as if HD DVD and Paramount are evil, because they say "hey, they would make more money if they supported both formats! Bribes!"
Why, then, do bluray fans not make, for instance, Disney out to be evil. Fill in the blank with me now: "hey, they would make more money if they supported both formats! ______!"
It is illogical for any studio (besides the what Sony owns, since Sony stands to make more from bluray winning) to be exclusive to either format.
The only difference between this and Disney is that
1) when buying a bluray player, it seems you must sign a contract saying you will defend the format with your life, and many people are making a huge deal out of what they didn't care about when it happened for them, and
2) an actual number has come out this time, whereas with bluray dealings, we don't know how much was paid.
Ask yourself this. If bluray movies are outselling HD DVD by 2:1, why would Fox decide to cut 33% of their HD profit without compensation from bluray makers?
To use your words, so long as no bribery is involved, they tend to make the intelligent choice of supporting both formats.
Bladestar, you are right. Paramount is not going to be hurting after this deal. Any loss they might incur for less sales on HDDVD for be amply covered by $150M I think. And you're right right the HD movie market is still very small.
This is my problem with it. Sure it good for them, but not for us. Consumers want the studios to settle on ONE format, not flip flop back and forth. This move as almost guaranteed the war drags out and extra year.
The problem with that is yeah players might come down a bit in price, but the disc probably wont with only small quantities being sold. The HD movies market is not going to grown much until this is settled. By dragging it out they are keeping there market small. The movies wont get much cheaper until they are selling large numbers of them.
If they all joined, they might get a smaller percentage of the pie, but the pie itself would be much, much bigger. If they want to see HD movie sales, at say 50% in 5 years time, this war has to be put behind us so people will stop waiting for the winner. The studios holding out are in it for the short term gain, which suits them because they cant always switch later, but they are not doing their industry any favours.
they're sadly mistaken if they think i'm spending *ANYMORE money on their movies, HD or DVD.
when Transformers comes out, i'm going to download, quite illegally, the torrent, burn it to a DVD, and enjoy it that way.
this move was boneheaded on Paramounts part. they were doing fine with the format neutral stance, pleasing both sides of the camp (HD DVD get their movies, Blu Ray gets their movies).
i'm no longer supporting the company, period. neither are my roommates and fiance.
they're simply playing with us, and attempting to sell out of existing Blu Ray stock, which will make them a boatload of money in return.
generally i try not to be so crass, but F*CK Paramount (my business partner used to work there, and he says their idiotic douches. can't say i don't believe him).
.... I dont watch movies hardly. I play games.
they will be back when bluray wins
nothing to worry about
I'm not too hung up on HD DVD I can just purchase regular DVD format and watch it on my PS3. Anyway's, PS3 will upscale it to a better resolution so, it's all good...Blu-ray FTW.
2 days ago, And I can honestly say Im dissapointed from the quality of the production.
It was supposed to be the best from paramount... but the visual quality did not compare vs happyfeet, crank, bond, TMNT, final fantasy.
I was having high hopes for transformers but that will not come in a long time for blu-ray disc.
I bought 4 paramount blu-rays and Im not impressed , I got italian job, black snake moan, and sleepy hollow. for hd-dvd's sake since they are more focused on one format now they better pump out some visually stunning discs.
They better lower the discs below 20 bucks.
it would have to be 9.99 or less for me. and it better be a movie i reeeeeeeally want.
I just checked out their list of releases. IS that what were all so upset about?
I have MI boxset already. Maybe I'll get Sleepy Hollow before its gone as I like a bit of Tim Burton/Danny Elfman. Maybe a couple others if I see them cheap.
So on a personal level I'm not really losing much, bit its still a blow to the HD movie market as a whole.
How do they expect fence sitters to join in with this uncertainty lingering.
Link or list me, if ya don't mind. I have to run it past the Mrs.
people need to look at both formats instead of saying that BR is better because it's not.i don't own any version yet,i just buy regular dvds instead till one of them win,but every time i read an article comparing a movie that 's on both format,they always recomend the hd-dvd version saying that hd-dvd has a better picture,sound and more extras then blueray,and not like one person claimed that BR has more extras because it's not true ,just look at any movie because hd works with the internet so you could get more stuff,h*ll just look at 300 and what they have in it and what version they recomend people to buy.
blueray fans keep saying that blueray should win because it can hold more information well it's true and it would work perfect to hold information but all we need is the hd-dvd version foe movies because it's better and cheaper.
if Blueray fans said that it should win because it hold more information tyhen they need to read this
We've heard a lot of talk about the death of optical media, but for inexpensive high-capacity storage, it's pretty hard to beat -- which is why the TeraDisc, from Israel's Mempile, look like it has such promise. Eschewing the reflectivity principles in current optical media entirely, the TeraDisc system uses light-sensitive molecules called chromophores to create hologram-like matrices that can be used to store a full terabyte of data on a single disc using a red laser -- and Mempile says that an eventual transition to a blue laser system will enable storage capacities of up to 5TB. The company is hoping to get a prototype ready in 18 months, and plans to ship the first version a year after that, priced around $3,000 for the drive and $30-60 for a 600GB disc. No word on the price of those 1TB discs, but you can bet they won't be cheap.
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