February 15, 2008 at 11:58 pm #271
It may just be rumor at this point, but Toshiba to pull out of HD-DVD?February 16, 2008 at 12:34 am #4419robParticipant
Well, in the last two days, Best Buy has said that even though they’ll carry both formats, they will strongly push Blu, NetFlix is not offering HD-DVDs anymore, and Wal-Mart has stated that by early summer, they will no longer carry HD-DVD players. Nice.
I’ve refrained from really commenting on all of this until now, simply because it’s so damn annoying. It’s like it’s finally taken all of the retailers all this time to figure out that Blu’s the best way to go. There are some people who have stated that they have been denied the 5 free movies you get when purchasing one of the new players. It just needs to be over now.
Now what would be cool, and file this under “it’ll never happen”, but if all of the studios would give you a coupon for $10 or $15 off Blu-Ray versions of the movies people have purchased in HD-DVD when they come available — it would really get customers back in the mood, even if they bought into HD-DVD and feel irritated.
I looked at my collection last night — I have 18 Blu-Ray movies and/or sets (the big bad Harry Potter set is counted as one) and 13 HD-DVDs. Now of those, six I got for free (King Kong came with my player, and the standard 5 free). So by that rationale, I’ve had both formats, and have only purchased seven HD-DVDs vs. 18 Blu-Rays. And I’m irritated that I have to buy those again on Blu-Ray (if you think I’m going to keep my HD-DVD Xbox add-on, you’re fuckin’ crazy. I absolutely hate that thing).February 16, 2008 at 1:10 am #4423FrankParticipant
Just wait until Lucas re-re-re-releases the entire Star Wars series on Blu-Ray. Yeah, that’ll be an expensive chunk of money, but would be fun to watch in hi-def.February 16, 2008 at 1:45 am #4421OctaviousParticipantFrank wrote:Just wait until Lucas re-re-re-releases the entire Star Wars series on Blu-Ray. Yeah, that’ll be an expensive chunk of money, but would be fun to watch in hi-def.
**Hand raised in the air** I am a Lucas whore, I am a Lucas whore!February 16, 2008 at 1:54 am #4422FrankParticipant
EWOKS IN HIGH DEFINITION!February 16, 2008 at 4:10 am #4417
Well, the prequels will have real added value at least.February 17, 2008 at 11:38 pm #4425thx_1227Participant
Man, just thinking about some of those scenes in Hi Def gives me chills…February 18, 2008 at 8:46 pm #4420OctaviousParticipant
In my Sunday paper, it announce that Wal-Mart is going Blu-Ray.February 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm #4424thx_1227Participant
Toshiba dropped HD DVD, looks like it is over…February 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm #4416
Yeah, Rob posted on it too, but in the wrong thread.February 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm #4415rob wrote:So, Toshiba at 5 pm Tokyo time announced that they’re out of it, and just mere hours ago, Universal announced that they will be supporting Blu now. Strange that they were the only one in HD-DVD from the beginning, and they beat Paramount to announce their Blu support.
For a second there, I felt a little sorry for Toshiba, but you know, they can bounce back, especially since Sony bounced back from Betamax.
All I have to say is, it’s about motherfucking time.
Sony only bounced back because of Walkman and Pro video Beta/Beta SP. Toshiba is a big brand, but if they have too much invested in HD-DVD, they will be scrambling to be the “it”company at something. I wonder what it will be.February 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm #4418robParticipant
Yeah, sorry about that — I lost my connection and just posted in the wrong thread like a moe-ron.
Toshiba said something about staying in the high-def stuff, maybe to support Microsoft in their on-demand stuff, who knows.
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