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Sony Pays $0.4 Billion for Warner Support

Toshiba's bid was in the area of $100-million (U.S.) while Sony's offer was closer to $400-million. Warner Bros. has declined to comment on whether it was offered money to pick a side.

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gameforall4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
The story is being presented as fact when it is only a rumor, and one that is contradictory to statements already made by the parties involved.
zane_78494842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
VaNdAl4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Duplicate story
VaNdAl4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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But it did get you a high temp rating. Congrats?
mccomber4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Bad Editing
Bad Title Takes a quote, throws out the word "suggested" and makes a speculation a fact
Strange4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Bad Editing
Use original title.
kingofps34842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Bad Editing
Made up title to cause a flamewar, the excerpt misspresents the source, hence its a spin fake story
Lumbo4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
worded to provoke a flame war
gamesR4fun4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Vash_The_Stampede4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
nothing about tech, nothing but the game industry....its about movies.
WilliamRLBaker4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Flame bait and fake until proven with actual credentials from article author.
Omegasyde4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Old and debunked.
Megaton4842d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Title is contrived by poster and not fromt he article at all. This kind of flame bait should be actively discouraged.
titntin4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Charlie26884843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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title is misleading; there's no proof of a pay off. To break the stalemate, analysts believe the rivals offered the studio large sums of cash to release DVDs exclusively in their respective formats. ---ONE--- report suggested Toshiba's bid was in the area of $100-million (U.S.) while Sony's offer was closer to $400-million.
rofldings4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
title is misleading should never approved story.
mswan9994843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
This is old and already Warner said they received no payments.
whoelse4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Omegasyde4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Bad Editing
Use original title. Yours is just flame bait...
riqued4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Use original title.
Cyrus3654843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
that says 0.5 billion
toughNAME4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Use the original title of the article, or else this is just flamebait.
ruibing4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
Officially debunked by Warner themselves.
CeruleanSky4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
✔ Fixed
Wrong story type
Should be
Should be rumour.
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Marceles4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Change to rumour
Meus Renaissance4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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Heaven_Or_Hell4843d ago WhoDisagree(0)Agree(0)
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lockload4843d ago

How when a story says anything remotely pro hd-dvd its lame

Meus Renaissance4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

I don't see what is "pro", in regards to HD-DVD, about the notion that the BDA had to get a cheque book out to end the format wars. If the suggestion is that it makes them look desperate, then the sales of the Blu-Ray format - especially recently - and the infamous rumour, pretty much conceived as fact by close to everyone, that Toshiba/Microsoft had to buy Paramount's support washes that suggestion with a tidal wave.

wageslave4843d ago

Meus: The format wars arent "over". You sony fanboys are way ahead of yourselves. The COMPUTER industry is going HD-DVD...

HD-DVD isnt going anywhere...

Relcom4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

So how do you explain all the Blu-ray computers at CES?????

CeruleanSky4843d ago

"Warner Home Entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara says the studio took no pay-offs to exclusively back Blu-ray.

In a post-announcement conference call, Tsujihara flatly denied rumors that studio had accepted anywhere from 250M to $500M in exchange for dropping its HD DVD format support.

According to the exec, Warner's sole motivation in dropping its HD DVD format support was to ensure growth of the "category" and the long-term health of the industry."

Marceles4843d ago

lol @ .4 billion and not 400 million to make the number seem higher

demolitionX4843d ago

u're free! u go buy HD DVDs, and we are going to buy BDs.

Hagaf224843d ago

ARE YOU MENTALLY ILL?!?!? blu ray drives are going in everything, even apples are no installing them... the thing about computers is they can support both, but computer support isnt there for hddvd, blu rays are getting alot of attention in the computer world... blu ray has more capacity which is what people look for in the computer world...

EZCheez4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

What in the world says that the computer industry is going HDDVD?

That sounds even more far fetched. If anything why wouldn't the "computer industry" as you call it want the larger storage medium?

Please provide proof. Not just some article about a new HD-DVD pc drive either. I haven't seen any news about who's winning anything other than the movie industry.

BenzMoney4843d ago

Lol! You like that? That's what I call journalistic integrity, right there! ;)

Peekay4843d ago

yeah tell me about it! i'm still cracking up Benz - good one! Except the 0.4 kinda makes it look small =P

I would also like to point out objectively that if Sony and Warner have both declined to comment - how would this source know it was $400 mill. Pure speculation if you ask me.

sonarus4843d ago

at this point its all speculation. regardless toshiba can'y point fingers they did it to paramount and they tried to do it to warner but sony had the bigger check book. If they had left things alone blu ray would have still won. warner bros and sony have denied payment was issued these guys say no comment but like i said no matter no fingers can be pointed

The Brave 14842d ago

This is ridiculous.Warner Bros. ceo said no.If anybody would have won a so called bidding war it certainly would have been Bill Gates.400 million is like pocket change for this guy!Xbots and HD DVDead fanboys just have to get over the fact that a company actually chose the superior format instead of bribes.

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wetowel4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

buddy who submitted didnt quote the whole comment
"To break the stalemate, analysts believe the rivals offered the studio large sums of cash to release DVDs exclusively in their respective formats. One report suggested Toshiba's bid was in the area of $100-million (U.S.) while Sony's offer was closer to $400-million. Warner Bros. has declined to comment on whether it was offered money to pick a side."

"Analysts believe" makes this a rumor

BenzMoney4843d ago

Hey dude, watch the personal attacks. I'll change to rumour if you like. You're right. I submitted it as an article, however, because that's what it is. It's an article in one of Canada's largest national circulation newspapers... no skin off my back to change it though...

wageslave4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

Why are stories about Sony paying off industry players "rumours", yet every single possible negative story about the Xbox 360, Microsoft or HD-DVD has 10-15 stories about every single "rumour" approved?

This site stinks of Sony fanboys.


Where the FCUK are the admins on this site?

BenzMoney4843d ago

Exactly. Consider this story, in addition to being a valid story from a valid source that should definitely be approved (I even changed it to "rumour"!) as a social experiment on the fanboyism of N4G.

toughNAME4843d ago

I'm with ya man...but I doubt this will get approved

espcially when TANOD comes around...reporting like 5 times for one article

rofldings4843d ago

@wageslave, Because the Paramount/Dreamworks payoff was reported by respectable news, not some backwater hd-dvd fanboy blog.

"But money talks: Paramount and DreamWorks Animation together will receive about $150 million in financial incentives for their commitment to HD DVD, according to two Viacom executives with knowledge of the deal but who asked not to be identified."

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toughNAME4843d ago

After the whole EGM thing, I'm not surprised by Sony

wil4hire4843d ago

Sounds to me like HD-DVD paid the wrong people.

BenzMoney4843d ago

This site was up in arms about a supposed $100 million 'pay-off' of Paramount (supposedly it was Microsoft who paid them off - big surprise there, seems like everything is a Microsoft conspiracy theory pay-off these days). The hatred and vitriol you saw being spewed because of that pay-off was enormous. It was ALSO a rumour.

...surely this rumour should be reported as well, should it not?

wil4hire4843d ago

When the HD-DVD camp was clear about paying Paramount\Dreamworks off. Warner was asked about it, they said no. Their financials will support that when it comes out. Or they would have lied to their investors. Which is a serious crime. Its not Fanboy BS.

This site may have said anything about it. That doesn't matter, no one was harmed by it because we all knew Bluray was the winning format. Either way, I knew I was going to be seeing transformers with real audio on a bluray player.

Xbots are pretending like its an issue, even IF warner did pay. When it is so clearly not.

HD-DVD paid off the wrong people.

Omegasyde4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

Micrsoft has been hit with over 10...(ARE YOU READY?)


Now you see why everyone believe that they are always up to no good?
Let alone they blantantly copied the IPOD design with zune 2

They made internet explorer a application, so that Microsoft could try and get a internet browser monopoly/

Microsoft is trying to start a new DRM standard so that all Downloable movies with have to use microsoft tools.

And Bill Gates stole the idea that was windows/Dos.

MSFT denied 360 failure ratings and Disc scratches for how long?

I am no Sony fanboy, but I sure as hell do not trust Microsoft.

BenzMoney4843d ago

You're obviously one of those "holier-than-thou", "I-can-do-no-wrong", elitest goody-two-shoes types (probably an Apple fan - they usually fit that bill).

...You'd never do well in business. Best get back to knitting yourself another pair of hemp pants since you "don't believe in clothing manufacturers" and throw another log in the fire since you "don't believe in big-business utility companies". Oh, wait - you're probably also a tree-hugging, pot-smoking hippy who'd never cut down a tree even if your own survival depended on it.

Yeah... Sounds about right.

Omegasyde4842d ago (Edited 4842d ago )

Dude I have a Master in business management from UNLV. So your observation is way off.

So Even thought you say I am on a high pedistal you keep stating wrong information. Benz what ever makes you feel better you go for it.

Since your analyzing me,
Perhaps you defend your opinion even if its wrong to boost your self esteem? Move on and try to stick with the topic and refrain from personal insults MR. Internet-Tough-Guy.

IntelligentAj4842d ago

Actually Bill Gates didn't steal anything. He bought the OS and then had the foresight to sell it for big money. Don't hate on Bill Gates because he bet on DOS being big and won.

karlostomy4842d ago

If you are going to brag about having a MBA from UNLV you need to make sure that you at least spell correctly... the word is 'pedestal'

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Maddens Raiders4843d ago (Edited 4843d ago )

LOL, good! How much did M$ pay Rock*, Micromart, lawyers to defend rrod, scratched discs, and LIVE issues, Paramount, Dreamworks?

Bots make me laugh.