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Old 01-08-2008, 07:16 PM
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OK, HBO buys rights to show movie X on it's channels right? MS buys rights to show same movie over XBL right? Why couldn't Toshiba and/or MS buy rights to release movies on HD DVD? They would pay said company for the rights to redistribute the BD encodes of movies on HD DVD. Companies would only release on BD and they would make money on the side from whoever releases the movie on HD DVD.

Maybe that didn't make much sence, but I hope you understand the point I'm trying to get at
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:23 PM
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a media company would probably avoid creating competition against itself. hd dvds would compete against blu-ray and sd dvd sales. selling rights to cable and broadcast TV is different because viewers don't pay the media company directly (unless it's pay-per-view, but you're asking about HBO).
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:38 PM
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OK, HBO buys rights to show movie X on it's channels right? MS buys rights to show same movie over XBL right? Why couldn't Toshiba and/or MS buy rights to release movies on HD DVD? They would pay said company for the rights to redistribute the BD encodes of movies on HD DVD. Companies would only release on BD and they would make money on the side from whoever releases the movie on HD DVD.

Maybe that didn't make much sence, but I hope you understand the point I'm trying to get at
Because the fees for a physical media release are pretty much higher than the ones for some TV/Pay-TV release.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:48 PM
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At this point, how far fetched would THIS be: Offer Disney rights to the actual format. Tell them they can have an actual piece of HD DVD, they could even rebrand players as "Disney HD DVD". Let them help shape HD DVD's future, push along the TL51 and give them a crapload of cash to go with it.

Gaining Disney would really help right now, and as HD DVD now needs to fight for its life, why not try for it?
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:51 PM
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At this point, how far fetched would THIS be: Offer Disney rights to the actual format. Tell them they can have an actual piece of HD DVD, they could even rebrand players as "Disney HD DVD". Let them help shape HD DVD's future, push along the TL51 and give them a crapload of cash to go with it.

Gaining Disney would really help right now, and as HD DVD now needs to fight for its life, why not try for it?
Good point. Problem is however: How to work it out? Disney is in no serious problems and so they maybe see no point in dropping Blu-Ray.
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Offering them their own proprietary format would get their attention. They've always wanted something like that anyway, and Disney has that same Sony arrogant attitude that they don't NEED anyone. So, throw them a huge piece of HD DVD, let them call it whatever they want, Disney movies are then HD DVD exclusive and HD DVD stays in the game for a while longer. Again, far fetched, but at this point Toshiba needs to try ANYTHING.

Another option would be to get that burner out there that allows you to burn HD content on regular DVDs. Give aspiring filmmakers a deal much like Amazon's, to help publish their work in HD. Blu-Ray and HD DVD burners are way too expensive, but a DVD burner is cheap. For those huge Sundance crowds out there, this could be a potentially huge push for HD DVD.

Finally, throw as much money as possible at Spielberg to allow Jurassic Park, Indianan Jones, etc. to hit HD DVD. These classics films beat the piss out of stuff like Resident Evil or Ghost Rider.

Sadly, in the end, Toshiba is gonna roll over like they always do, but it's fun to dream..
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Offering them their own proprietary format would get their attention. They've always wanted something like that anyway, and Disney has that same Sony arrogant attitude that they don't NEED anyone. So, throw them a huge piece of HD DVD, let them call it whatever they want, Disney movies are then HD DVD exclusive and HD DVD stays in the game for a while longer. Again, far fetched, but at this point Toshiba needs to try ANYTHING.

Another option would be to get that burner out there that allows you to burn HD content on regular DVDs. Give aspiring filmmakers a deal much like Amazon's, to help publish their work in HD. Blu-Ray and HD DVD burners are way too expensive, but a DVD burner is cheap. For those huge Sundance crowds out there, this could be a potentially huge push for HD DVD.

Finally, throw as much money as possible at Spielberg to allow Jurassic Park, Indianan Jones, etc. to hit HD DVD. These classics films beat the piss out of stuff like Resident Evil or Ghost Rider.

Sadly, in the end, Toshiba is gonna roll over like they always do, but it's fun to dream..
Already out. Just look for the HD Content Production subforum.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:24 PM
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Offering them their own proprietary format would get their attention. They've always wanted something like that anyway, and Disney has that same Sony arrogant attitude that they don't NEED anyone. So, throw them a huge piece of HD DVD, let them call it whatever they want, Disney movies are then HD DVD exclusive and HD DVD stays in the game for a while longer. Again, far fetched, but at this point Toshiba needs to try ANYTHING.
Not bad the house of mouse might be tempted. They'll probably add something restrictive, region coding or a rootkit
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Are Toshiba attempting anything at this point? This is not a rhetorical question, anyone heard any tasty rumors? And I don't mean the silly kind, I.E: HD DVD licensed to NASA or some crazy shit!
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