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01.08.2008

Well, folks, apologies for fueling a vicious internets rumor but it seems Paramount is sticking with HD-DVD and has no plans to switch to the dark side Blu-ray. Read about it HERE.

Blu Ray Any hope the HD-DVD format had of surviving after Warner Bros. announced its exclusive support of Blu-ray for their HD discs was essentially destroyed today as now Paramount has joined the Blu-ray bandwagon. Even though Paramount had previously announced its support of HD-DVD following Universal's support of the format, they apparently had a clause in their contract stating they could switch to Blu-ray on a moment's notice should Warner Bros. decide to support Blu-ray. With Disney, Fox, MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount and obviously Sony (Universal is apparently still undecided on whether they'll switch but if they plan to make any money on HD DVD's, you bet your prickly ass they'll switch) now exclusively in bed with Blu-ray, HD-DVD is sure to join Betamax in the obsolete video technology graveyard. Goodbye, HD-DVD. We barely knew ye. Thanks to Skywalker25 and Keith for the heads up.

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Extra Tidbit: The TDK Corporation announced in August 2006 that they have created a working experimental Blu-ray Disc capable of holding 200 GB of data on a single side.
Source: Financial Times

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3:27AM on 01/23/2008
It's too earlier to be making jokes...but Heath Ledger supported Blue Ray...yeah...
It's too earlier to be making jokes...but Heath Ledger supported Blue Ray...yeah...
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4:29AM on 01/10/2008

To Fuzzyfoot

It's just the way the cookie crumbles, companies don't care about the consumers, if they did care than we wouldn't have video, game, car techno wars, they only care how much money can they make on each other, and if they didn't make any money, stocks will go down, people will sale and they will go out of business and we can let that happen now can we?
It's just the way the cookie crumbles, companies don't care about the consumers, if they did care than we wouldn't have video, game, car techno wars, they only care how much money can they make on each other, and if they didn't make any money, stocks will go down, people will sale and they will go out of business and we can let that happen now can we?
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7:59PM on 01/09/2008

Microsoft killed HD-DVD

I think that consumers that favor HD-DVD can blame Microsoft for the failure of the medium. If the XBox 360 would have been equipped with an HD-DVD player like the specs originally called for this war would have been over before it even started with HD-DVD as a clear winner. Especailly since the 360 continues to outsell the PS3. Plus with the stand alone HD-DVD players hundreds of dollars cheaper than Blu-ray...it would have been a no brainer. This war was decided by gamers not videophiles
I think that consumers that favor HD-DVD can blame Microsoft for the failure of the medium. If the XBox 360 would have been equipped with an HD-DVD player like the specs originally called for this war would have been over before it even started with HD-DVD as a clear winner. Especailly since the 360 continues to outsell the PS3. Plus with the stand alone HD-DVD players hundreds of dollars cheaper than Blu-ray...it would have been a no brainer. This war was decided by gamers not videophiles and most just didn't want to shell out the extra cash for an add-on that only plays movies.
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12:59PM on 01/09/2008
I'm hip if this means Transformers has a better chance of getting a Blu-Ray release. Otherwise, I'm with fuzzyfoot.
I'm hip if this means Transformers has a better chance of getting a Blu-Ray release. Otherwise, I'm with fuzzyfoot.
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3:20AM on 01/09/2008

It doesn't matter!

Even if they win the DVD companies are STILL going to nickel and dime us to death with 2-Disc DVD's.

Ok, if Blu-Ray has over 6x the info that reg dvd's have, why, oh why, do Spider-Man 3 and Superbad need 2 discs? They can fit everything all 4 of those discs had to offer onto a single disc now and we still get this crap? WTF?
Even if they win the DVD companies are STILL going to nickel and dime us to death with 2-Disc DVD's.

Ok, if Blu-Ray has over 6x the info that reg dvd's have, why, oh why, do Spider-Man 3 and Superbad need 2 discs? They can fit everything all 4 of those discs had to offer onto a single disc now and we still get this crap? WTF?
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12:38AM on 01/09/2008

Fat Lady Singing

Thedigitalbits.com confirms "Paramount is indeed preparing to end their HD-DVD support."

Timesonline.co.uk confirms "Up to 20 firms backing HD-DVD consider defection "

ft.com confirms "Paramount set to drop HD-DVD"

I confirm I hear a fat lady singing

Thedigitalbits.com confirms "Paramount is indeed preparing to end their HD-DVD support."

Timesonline.co.uk confirms "Up to 20 firms backing HD-DVD consider defection "

ft.com confirms "Paramount set to drop HD-DVD"

I confirm I hear a fat lady singing

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11:31PM on 01/08/2008

Meh

Oh well, i have both formats. But at least now my ps3 will be in better use as a movie player since videogame wise it sucks balls in comparison to the other game system.
Oh well, i have both formats. But at least now my ps3 will be in better use as a movie player since videogame wise it sucks balls in comparison to the other game system.
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10:32PM on 01/08/2008
I never heard of Bloomberg.com before today but I was redirected there while finding this news at another site. The article at Bloomberg denies the fact that Paramount is going Blue-ray...they'll be sticking with HD-DVD for now.

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I never heard of Bloomberg.com before today but I was redirected there while finding this news at another site. The article at Bloomberg denies the fact that Paramount is going Blue-ray...they'll be sticking with HD-DVD for now.

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10:01PM on 01/08/2008

OMG!

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Anyways please do, so we can end this dumb ass movie war.
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Anyways please do, so we can end this dumb ass movie war.
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9:19PM on 01/08/2008
Yeah, this might be inaccurate. I have yet to read anything official about this, and it seems silly to report rumors as news.
Yeah, this might be inaccurate. I have yet to read anything official about this, and it seems silly to report rumors as news.
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9:00PM on 01/08/2008
As much as i hope the format war comes to an end, AICN is reporting that Paramount switching sides is just a rumor... for now. Who knows what the next move is now.
As much as i hope the format war comes to an end, AICN is reporting that Paramount switching sides is just a rumor... for now. Who knows what the next move is now.
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