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Combo Format and Total HD discs (HD DVD on one side; Blu-ray on the other)

Old 03-22-07, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Burnt Thru
say what? bd layers are far nearer to the surface than the hd dvd layers - it's what necessitates the protective hard coat.

I'm sorry -- not "layers", but "layer". I realize that the first layer is closer to the surface, however, wouldn't adding a second layer make a 30/50 disc impossible? Taking into consideration the space needed to make the HD DVD side dual layer as well?
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Warner TotalHD discs pushed back to 2008

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6456115.html

JUNE 27 | LOS ANGELES—Warner Home Video looks to be pushing the launch of its dual-format high-definition disc, Total HD, into 2008, from the second half of this year, as was originally planned.

Studio VP of sales and planning and operations Dan Miron said at a session during the Entertainment Supply Chain Academy conference here today that Warner will release its first titles in Total HD in early 2008.

Separately, Warner senior VP of marketing management Steve Nickerson said the studio hasn't yet set a launch date but acknowledged it's unlikely it will be in the fourth quarter.

Nickerson said the studio wants to launch the discs with 10 to 20 titles so retailers can merchandise them together in one section and they don't get lost at retail.

"There is no expiration date on the viability of this concept, so we’re not in a rush to do it," Nickerson said. "We’ll do it when it makes sense and when it's right."

Earlier, Warner had said the dual-format discs could be available by late third quarter or early fourth quarter this year.

Total HD holds one Blu-ray Disc and one HD DVD on opposite sides of the same disc.

Miron acknowledged that the additional SKU might further crowd already bulging retail shelves. But the studio is committed to satisfying consumers.

In releasing standard-definition, HD DVD and Blu-ray versions of films, “our research shows that there is demand for each of those products,” said Miron. “We are trying to evaluate [how to best treat] each one of these releases.”

To scale down its standard-definition SKUs, Miron said Warner is increasingly putting fullscreen and widescreen versions of films on opposite sides of one disc.

“That is one less SKU to sell,” he said. “With high-def, we’re trying to put Blu-ray and HD DVD on the same disc. Total HD is not coming until first-quarter 2008. We will find shelf space.”
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Hopefully they get pushed back forever.
Old 06-27-07, 05:43 PM
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Best idea ever. Same movie—30% more expensive!* Brilliant!

* I'd guess.
Old 06-27-07, 05:54 PM
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What they don't tell you is that you'll need a HD-DVD player to watch the first half of the movie and Blu Ray to watch the ending.
Old 06-27-07, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by matome
http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6456115.html“That is one less SKU to sell,” he said. “With high-def, we’re trying to put Blu-ray and HD DVD on the same disc. Total HD is not coming until first-quarter 2008. We will find shelf space.”
Not on my shelf...unless Total HD is the only option for Warner titles.
Old 06-27-07, 06:19 PM
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Great news. I too hope we never see a TotalHD disc. This assures us that Harry Potter 5 won't be a TotalHD release.
Old 06-27-07, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Great news. I too hope we never see a TotalHD disc. This assures us that Harry Potter 5 won't be a TotalHD release.

Or assures us we wont see it on HD until TotalHD IS out.
Old 06-27-07, 06:35 PM
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I think this is a better idea than the combo discs of today (HD & SD), but again, not worth paying a premium.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Jon Kenobi
Hopefully they get pushed back forever.

Keep pushing em Warner.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Jon Kenobi
Hopefully they get pushed back forever.
Old 06-27-07, 08:08 PM
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Hopefully this doesn't push back any titles planned for release.
Old 06-27-07, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Obi-Jon Kenobi
Hopefully they get pushed back forever.
I was going to post this word for word.
Old 06-28-07, 02:57 AM
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hopefully batman begins release this year, and all the other former hd dvd exclusive titles.
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Good! That means Blade Runner and the Kubrick films are off the hook.
Old 06-28-07, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dizzlle01
hopefully batman begins release this year, and all the other former hd dvd exclusive titles.
As soon as BD players are capable of IME, BD will get Batman.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
As soon as BD players are capable of IME, BD will get Batman.
AVS has a thread about Batman. the OP claims that Warners will release Batman this year on BD with or without IME. It'll have TrueHD and PCM tracks. Same as Superman Returns.

The Matrix Trilogy, however, will only show up with IME. The OP has been hit or miss though on his predictions.
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I'd expect Batman Begins on BD before the end of the year based on logistics alone, unless they try to tie it to the Batman Begins 2 theatrical release.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Jon Kenobi
Hopefully they get pushed back forever.
Worst idea since something called "Combo HD DVD/DVD"
Old 06-28-07, 11:26 AM
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Does anyone think this will screw up New Line's releasing schedule? Didn't they state they were going to start releasing on Total HD discs?
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I hope these never see the light of day.
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Originally Posted by dkny75
Does anyone think this will screw up New Line's releasing schedule? Didn't they state they were going to start releasing on Total HD discs?
That's what I was thinking. Hopefully they'll change their minds and go ahead with single-format discs.
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Another AVS thread mentions that Rush Hour 3 will be New Line's first HD DVD/BD release. That makes sense. The formats have been out for over a year and New Line has surely noticed that catalog titles aren't selling that well, so a brand new day/date title is probably the best way to throw your hat in the ring.
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Somewhat interesting article about HD

LOS ANGELES - People who own an HD DVD player can forget about watching "Spider-Man 3" in high definition when it goes on sale during the holiday season. The movie from Sony Pictures will only be available in the Blu-ray DVD format. Likewise, people with Blu-ray players won't be able to enjoy the action-thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum," which Universal Pictures will release only in HD DVD.

These exclusive arrangements, plus aggressive price cuts for high-def DVD players, are designed to persuade consumers to finally embrace one format or the other.

But analysts wonder if the moves will anger consumers, just as the studios and consumer-electronics companies are hoping to boost high-def DVD sales as growth in standard DVDs stalls.

"The frustration for consumers is not knowing what format is going to win," said Chris Roden, an analyst at Parks Associates.

Consumers, many of whom are still smarting from the VCR format battle between VHS and Betamax, need to know their expensive equipment won't become obsolete if the competing format wins, said Steven J. Caldero, chief operating officer of Ken Crane's, specialty electronics chain in Southern California.

"People are still frustrated there is a format war to begin with," he said. "The studios are making people choose. What consumers want is something that will play everything so they don't have to choose."

Until recently, many consumers were able to defer the choice because players have been so expensive. But prices have been slashed by about half — Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray player now sells for $499 and Toshiba Corp.'s cheapest HD DVD player sells for $299, with both likely to include as many as five free movies as an incentive. (Players that read both formats remain expensive.)

Both sides are also releasing blockbuster titles such as the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie aimed squarely at the demographic most likely to upgrade to high-def.

The stakes couldn't be higher for Hollywood, which has seen sales of traditional DVDs, once a reliable profit engine, slow to a trickle. Direct digital delivery online, while promising, is still years away from profitability because current Internet capacity simply can't handle the enormous high-definition files.

Yet consumers remain profoundly confused by the two formats, both of which deliver crisp, clear pictures and sound but are completely incompatible with each other and do not play on older DVD players. Many haven't even heard of either format.

HD DVD, developed by Toshiba and backed by powerful companies like Microsoft, has the lead in standalone players sold because they are cheaper and hit the market first.

In the United States, standalone HD DVD players have 61 percent market share, while Blu-ray players have 36 percent share and the few dual-format players have a 3 percent share, according to market research company The NPD Group Inc.

But Blu-ray, backed by Sony and a majority of Hollywood studios, got a big boost when Sony introduced its PlayStation 3 game console, which comes standard with a Blu-ray drive. Counting those machines, there are more Blu-ray players out there.

Although Microsoft's Xbox 360 can play HD DVD movies, the drive has to be bought separately. Only 160,000 drives have been sold so far, compared with 1.5 million PS3 consoles, according to NPD.

In terms of discs sold, Blu-ray has always had the lead. Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures release movies in both formats, and in such cases Blu-ray has outsold HD DVD by nearly 2-to-1.

Blu-Ray is getting an even bigger boost as Blockbuster Inc. announced it would stock only Blu-ray titles when it expands its high-def DVD offerings this year. Target Inc., the nation's second-largest retailer, said it will only sell Blu-ray DVD players in its stores in the fourth quarter.

Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Co., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are releasing only in Blu-ray. Universal, owned by General Electric Co., is the only major studio to back HD DVD exclusively.

Nonetheless, Warner Bros. believes both formats can coexist and has been urging Blu-ray backers to begin supporting HD DVD as well. The studio has developed a dual-format disc and has said it would license the technology to other studios willing to back both.

"The fourth quarter is critical for the formats to show growth and momentum," said Steve Nickerson, Warner Home Video's senior vice president of marketing. "It's more than about winning or losing. If you can continue to show growth (in both formats), that's a positive in a situation where standard DVD sales aren't growing."

To counter Blu-ray's recent gains, the HD DVD camp is planning an advertising campaign touting the interactive elements of the format, which allow users to connect to the Internet to download special features.

"This is not about a high-def movie on a disc," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "It's about a fully immersive experience, connected interactivity. That's what is going to separate these high-def formats."

Kornblau said he isn't worried about Blu-ray's momentum and doesn't believe there's a need for one to knockout the other.

"To call this market nascent is to a degree to pay it a complement," he said. "The people who have bought so far aren't early adopters, they are early, early adopters."

Analysts said even lower prices for players could be the key to determining a format winner. Some believe that until prices hit the $200 range, consumers simply won't upgrade from their current machines, many of which cost less than $100.

Chinese-made HD DVD players selling for $199 are expected to hit store shelves by December, while Sony is widely expected to cut the cost of its Blu-ray machine to as low as $299 by year's end.

"When that occurs, the studios and Sony are going to pull out the big guns," said Phillip Swann, president of the technology-oriented Web site TVpredictions.com. "They are going to release more titles, big titles, and really go for the kill this holiday season."

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Could this mean a single disc that will play in both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray players? Because if so, that is HUGE.
Old 08-11-07, 11:30 PM
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I dont care either way

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