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Warner: DVD format war hurt movie sales

Jon Fortt of Fortune.cnn.com writes, "Why did Warner Bros. choose last week to exclusively back the Blu-ray format for high-definition DVDs and ditch HD DVD, a move that could end the bitterest battle in the electronics industry?"

"Partly because the studio's research turned up an alarming trend: the next-generation format fight hurt overall DVD sales this holiday season."

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RonDeMuerte3302d ago

You should've just stuck with Blu from the beginning....

monks3302d ago

its amazing that a 2% drop in DVD sales can change things so fast

its going to be a very intresting 6 months for both corners

bombzombie3302d ago

Warner is making business decisions....and not only did they pick BR...they also picked Digital Distribution.

I still would argue that the disc medium of any type is dying. Granted, I don't like the fact that I have a combo player and so many disc based machines, but why have a disc?

Quite honestly, flash drives and resident RAM are more efficient and long-lasting means of keeping, transfering and displaying media of all types...both audio and video.

As far as the real question of whether Blu-Ray will take off, I'm content to rent on the cheap as long as disc prices remain where they are. I so rarely re-watch movies that it is only practical for me to buy a movie which I consider to be a classic on any format including DVD. And I suppose this is the point that I am trying to make, why would I buy when I can rent for a fraction of the price???

So, I can say that I own a disc which could get scratched and wears down in time? I think many Americans are wondering about the futility of buying discs in the future. Further, I think Hollywood is likely looking for the best sustainable business model...generally one with low overhead (no media costs or format neutral) and high ROI. Ultimately, I believe that trend is towards faster access speeds, digital distribution onto portable drives, and business models that generate recurrent income from a single investment or modest upkeep(servers perform that task quite nicely).

deeznuts3302d ago

For those thinking digital downloads will take over in the future. Please look up two things on Google: Net Neutrality and Bit Torrent Throttling.

Then come and say downloads are going to take over.

WilliamRLBaker3302d ago

just like -R and +r hurt DVD disc sales till both formats pretty much became one.

Which will happen here, hd dvd will keep alive for long enough for the dual format to happen and players capable of playing both formats regardless are released, which is when I will pounce and buy an hd dvd stand alone or addon for the 360.
Since I all ready own an ps3 but dont use it for blu ray (dont own an single blu ray)

Im glad i never jumped on the bandwagon.

Kyur4ThePain3302d ago

that 80% of your dual format disks will have nothing on the HD-DVD side.

WilliamRLBaker3302d ago (Edited 3302d ago )

because hd dvd had no movies released on it EVER right...*Rolls eyes*
DVD rereleases happen all the time.
dont be stupid.

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