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Old 01-04-2008, 03:48 PM
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Default warner to go bluray exclusive, will continue to release hddvd until may

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/product...-blu-ray_N.htm

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssC...32340820080104


NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES2008-01-04 20:22:49 GMT (Reuters) (Reuters) — Time Warner's Warner Bros. studio plans to announce it will release next-generation DVDs on Sony Corp's Blu-ray format exclusively, two sources familiar with the plans said Friday, dealing a big blow to Toshiba's HD DVD format.

Warner Bros., Hollywood's biggest seller of DVDs representing about 18 to 20% of sales in the United States, had been one of the few studios that backed both formats.

News Corp's 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney, and Lions Gate Entertainment are among studios backing the Blu-ray format. Viacom's Paramount studios and General Electric's NBC Universal, owned by General Electric Co and France's Vivendi, release movies in HD DVD format.

An announcement is expected shortly, the sources said.

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:50 PM
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well this could be big seems like some reliable sources, time to wait and see
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This format war is over if thats true. Thank God I bought a PS3 and placed most of my hard earned cash on blu winning. i'll guess I'll hang onto my A2 and use it as a player for the HDs i have and a backup dvd player.
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also on some of the news channels, like cnbc
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I'm sorry to say, but if that's true we know what that means. But you know how the news can be. Just last week they trid to say Will Smith said Hitler was a good guy.
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Now just give me Batman Begins on Blu-ray asap!
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now also on cnbc

http://www.cnbc.com/id/22507036

I got a good feeling!!

says they are were scheduled to announce it this monday, but it leaked early and they have confirmed it, yay!
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i'll wait for confirmation from the studios first.
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another link with a press release

http://deadlinehollywooddaily.com/

(January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers.”

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.
“Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”

“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:00 PM
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i feel bad for HD-DVD fans but at least i won't need to choose which versions of a movie to get anymore.
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