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Old 07-26-2007, 06:18 AM
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HD DVD Goes Big at Comic-Con 2007: Hit Movies, Blockbuster TV Shows, and a Price Drop on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

Movie and TV fans get first look at Heroes: Season 1, 300, and STAR TREK:
The Original Series on HD DVD

SAN DIEGO, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The HD DVD Promotional Group today
announced at Comic-Con International 2007 that companies supporting HD DVD
showcased some of the most anticipated movie and TV titles for fantasy and
sci-fi fans, including Heroes: Season 1 from Universal Studios Home
Entertainment, 300 from Warner Home Video, and STAR TREK: The Original
Series from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.
Microsoft Corp. announced that it would reduce the price of its popular
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in the United States to $179, as well as adding five
free HD DVD movies with the purchase of every player.
"HD DVD is the format of choice for great sci-fi content, from movies
and hit TV shows to the classics," said Ken Graffeo, co-president of the HD
DVD Promotional Group. "Heroes: Season 1 and the original Star Trek series
are only available on HD DVD, and blockbuster titles such as 300 have
interactive features you can only find here. HD DVD is the format that
caters to the fan base."
Heroes: Season 1, available August 28th, 2007 from Universal Studios
Home Entertainment, will offer exclusive features only on HD DVD, including
a web-enabled Download Center, a Heroes Abilities Test, The Helix Revealed,
Character Connections and Picture-in-Picture Commentary. The seven-disc HD
DVD set provides a personal experience for viewers of television's hottest
must-see series and immerses them in the program. The exclusive interactive
features showcase HD DVD web-connectivity which is a first for Universal
and only the second title to include this new feature. HD DVD is the only
high definition format that offers web connectivity today. The boxed set
will retail for $99.98.
To drive more attention to the Heroes: Season 1 HD DVD boxed set, Xbox
LIVE will offer the show's pilot episode to its members for free for a
limited time, courtesy of Xbox and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Members will also be able to download trailers, teaser scenes and other
promotional materials highlighting the Heroes: Season 1 boxed set on HD
DVD. Xbox LIVE will also offer 300 on demand in HD starting August 14th,
2007 and is working with Warner Bros. on a "Bringing it Home"
cross-promotional campaign.
To further sweeten the deal for Xbox 360 owners, Microsoft announced a
price reduction on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in the United States to $179
effective August 1, keeping the player as the most affordable high
definition drive on the market. In addition to the price drop, Microsoft is
extending the highly successful "Perfect Offer" of five free HD DVD discs
to Xbox 360 consumers. Previously exclusive to Toshiba HD DVD Players, with
the purchase of an Xbox 360 HD DVD Player at the new low price of $179,
consumers can choose five HD DVD titles for free from a selection of 15
popular titles via a mail-in offer.
For fans of the original Star Trek series, CBS Home Entertainment and
Paramount Home Entertainment announced the upcoming release of STAR TREK:
The Original Series in a 10-disc HD DVD/DVD combo disc set. The completely
remastered edition goes where no fan has gone before with pristine HD audio
and video, and exclusive HD DVD interactive features including
picture-in-picture video commentaries and an in-depth tour of the starship
Enterprise. The combo disc format offers a high definition version on one
side for playback on any HD DVD player, and a standard DVD version on the
other side for playback on any DVD player. This historic boxed set goes on
sale in time for the holidays on November 20, 2007 for the suggested retail
price of $199.00.
About HD DVD
HD DVD is the next generation, post-DVD standard for high capacity,
high definition optical discs, approved by the DVD Forum, which develops
and defines DVD formats. Its more than 220 strong membership brings
together leaders in movies and entertainment, computing, consumer
electronics and software. HD DVD is fast becoming the primary visual medium
for the age of high-definition TV. The North American HD DVD Promotional
Group, Inc. is an organization established to promote the HD DVD format and
educate consumers in North America. For more information and a complete
listing of HD DVD launch titles please visit
http://www.TheLookAndSoundOfPerfect.com.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.
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Old 07-26-2007, 06:45 AM
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To promote the HD DVD versions of "300" and "Heroes: Season 1," Microsoft unveiled exclusive content for Xbox LIVEŽ Marketplace. Xbox LIVE will offer "300" on demand in HD starting Aug. 14
Eh??? To promote "300" HD DVD, MS will promote selling "300" on Xbox LIVE VOD. Hilarious.
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Eh??? To promote "300" HD DVD, MS will promote selling "300" on Xbox LIVE VOD. Hilarious.
Quite the partner Toshiba have there...
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Eh??? To promote "300" HD DVD, MS will promote selling "300" on Xbox LIVE VOD. Hilarious.
Microsoft is showing their big support for HD-DVD...









NOT!
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:14 AM
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What Blu-zealotry!
Microsoft will offer download, presumably in 720p and undoubtedly cross-promote the HD DVD with all the extras etc when it's downloaded. "If you like the film/download, then the disc on our newly-reduced drive will offer you higher res and loads of extras"...That's cross-promotion not desertion.

Plus including the HD DVD drive in the five free movies promotion is definitely a sign of support, so I don't see the desertion argument anywhere. Desertion is when you stop making drives, this promotional stuff can only sell more drives.
Good news.
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Uh, what's the problem. XBLM is another avenue to watch the film in HD that's NOT blu-ray.

And?
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You're kidding yourself if you believed that MS was ever *really* interested in anything other than VOD/IPTV. If the market penetration is strong enough by the end of this cycle I wouldn't be at all surprised if ALL Xbox 3 games were delivered digitally with no disc option at all.

It's the future, like it or not. MS thinks so, Apple thinks so, and iTunes has already proved that for music at least, people are very willing to buy into it.
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Uh...

Seriously if this is Microsofts best effort, I'd rather have an enemy.

$179? Come on now, we all know that the A2 is more than likely going to drop to 199 for the holidays... What's the point with the add on...

MS wants downloads. They support their codec, nothing more.
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I have to say, Heroes and BSG are the first releases that I'm really gonna be sad to not have on Blu-ray.

It's not worth $300+ just for those though. I'll enjoy em on Universal HD.
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Uh...

Seriously if this is Microsofts best effort, I'd rather have an enemy.

$179? Come on now, we all know that the A2 is more than likely going to drop to 199 for the holidays... What's the point with the add on...

MS wants downloads. They support their codec, nothing more.
I have to agree, $20 is a pretty lame discount, if you can do $20 why not do $50?

The biggest thing that I would be upset about if i were an HD'er is that they are offering one of HD's bigest movies this year on a 720P download......ouch
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