[mythtv-users] What I'd predicted/"Spot On" consolidation thread.

Stroller linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Sat Jan 12 13:33:56 UTC 2008

On 11 Jan 2008, at 15:34, Steven Adeff wrote:
> ...
> To add to the MPAA comments... Warner's decision to drop HD-DVD mid
> contract with Toshiba shows that at least the movie studios are still
> very much interested in DRM. BluRay is notoriously DRM heavy compared
> to HD-DVD. It's the reason BluRay players need constant firmware
> updates, etc. Since this is the only real difference between the two
> formats, and BluRay is more expensive, it's the only reason a studio
> would have to choose BluRay over HD-DVD.

I'm not convinced by this - I believe commercial factors may play a  
very strong part. IIRC Warner cited consumer confusion over the  
formats as a reason for dropping one - there's also a reluctance on  
the consumers' part to buy in to the next betamax. IIRC Blurays are  
already outselling HD-DVDs 2:1 and the PS3 has ensured that there are  
plenty of players out there.

I think I read an article 6 months ago that reckoned the  
affordability of HD-DVD would swing the market if Walmart were to  
start selling a speculated super-cheap Chinese-made player over the  
2007 holiday season. That doesn't seem to have happened.


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