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Blu-ray Boss: HD DVD Is Not Good Enough

The HD DVD disc format is inferior to Blu-ray and does not offer enough capacity for modern day HD movies. That's the view of Frank Simonis, the chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association, who made the comments in an interview with Tech.co.uk.

"The majority of Hollywood studios have chosen Blu-ray not because we have asked them to - we let them make up their own mind. They choose Blu-ray because it is the superior format," Simonis said.

"For Disney to do the movie Cars in HD including the interactivity, a 50GB disc is needed. Pirates Of The Caribbean you couldn't do on an HD DVD disc. You'd have to have multiple discs. How can that be a good thing?

He also went on to say that it is not true that HD DVD players are cheaper to produce than Blu-ray ones. He said that Toshiba and other HD DVD manufacturers are heavily subsidising the players to make them a more attractive proposition.

"They do something else in their marketing [to make this possible]. Now, I don't know how deep their pockets are but I hear the rumour that they spent $150m just to get one studio over. Perhaps they like to play that game, and I wish them a lot of luck.

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Lord Anubis3612d ago

"The majority of Hollywood studios have chosen Blu-ray not because we have asked them to - we let them make up their own mind. They choose Blu-ray because it is the superior format,"

well said

darkvenom3612d ago

he doesn't mince words he tells it like it is.

resistance1003612d ago

It is a shame in one way as currenty theres some neat extras features on HD DVD which currently blu-ray films don't have. However i suspect will have them to.

Still throwing money, bribing the companies at present, just shows that they are getting desperate. Still the fact that Euro studio's have now gone blu-ray exclusive just means HD DVD is a dead duck. largly thanks to the Ps3

Rooftrellen3612d ago

"The majority of Hollywood studios have chosen Blu-ray not because we have asked them to - we let them make up their own mind. They choose Blu-ray because it is the superior format"

If this is true, those studios need to answer to some people. Why do they forgo profits to make movies for only 1 HD format?

Surely, HD DVD is superior to DVD, so, if this is true, should Sony only be making movies for bluray, as well as Disney, Fox, and the other Bluray exclusive studios?

That statement makes no sense at all, you are saying some companies are not interested in making profit and HD DVD has less disc space, and, therefore, is inferior, than DVD. Someone who can make statements like that, I'm not interested in listening to.