Reuters is claiming that a "source" has said Toshiba will be announcing the end of their HD DVD push soon, conceding defeat to Sony’s Blu-ray format. High definition DVDs are being used not only for movies, but for interactive games as well. Sony learned from it’s loss in the 1980s VCR wars, where VHS beat… Read More »Toshiba to Give Up on HD DVD?
Blu-ray’s victory in getting Warner Brothers to drop the HD-DVD may not be enough to fend off obsolescence. As Dawn C. Chmielewski reports in the Los Angeles Times, downloads, cable, and satellite delivery of HD movies might make the whole HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray battle moot anyway. But sales of these next-generation discs fell short of… Read More »Is Blu-ray Victory Too Late?
Walt Disney Co. President Bob Iger spoke at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference today. Iger started by addressing the many emerging markets for Disney. “We see a great increase in media consumption on a global basis,” he said, pointing out the obvious positive effect this would have on the entertainment giant. “We believe the internet… Read More »Bob Iger at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference
Gary Gentile of the Associated Press brings us an update on the DVD format battle.
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.
More after the jump.