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      Warner Bros. picks Blu-ray over HD-DVD

      By ALEX VEIGA,
      AP Business Writer

      Warner Bros. Entertainment said Friday it will release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format, becoming the latest studio to reject the rival HD DVD technology and further complicating the high-definition landscape for consumers.

      Warner Bros., owned by Time Warner Inc., was the only remaining studio releasing high-definition DVDs in both formats.

      It is the fifth studio to back Blu-ray, developed by Sony Corp. Only two support the HD DVD format, developed by Toshiba Corp.

      Both formats deliver crisp, clear high-definition pictures and sound. But they are incompatible with each other, and neither plays on older DVD players, which means consumers seeking top-quality playback face a dilemma.

      Warner said it decided to go with Blu-ray because consumers have shown a stronger preference for that format than HD DVD.

      "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger," Warner Bros. chairman and Chief Executive Barry Meyer said in a statement.

      "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," the statement said.

      The company said sales of Blu-ray discs in the U.S. generated $169 million last year, while sales of discs in the HD DVD format totaled $103 million.

      About 60 percent of Warner's sales of U.S. high-definition discs were Blu-ray titles and the other 40 percent were HD DVD, said Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

      Outside the U.S., the divide was far wider, with Warner's Blu-ray discs outselling titles in HD DVD in Britain and Japan, among other markets, Tsujihara said.

      Sales of set-top high-definition disc players in the fourth quarter of 2007 also factored into Warner's decision.

      The company saw an acceleration in sales of Blu-ray players at the end of the quarter, particularly in December, Tsujihara said.

      "We always viewed set-tops as the most significant indicator" of consumers' format preference, he said.

      Still, one alarming trend Warner keyed on was that consumers didn't appear motivated by price reductions on high-definition disc players.

      "When we saw that was not impacting sales in the level that it should have, and the consumer research that we did indicated that the consumers were holding back from buying either one of the two formats ... we thought it was the right time to act," Tsujihara said, noting that even sales of standard DVDs were affected because consumers appeared unsure over which format to go with.

      "That was kind of the worst of all worlds for us," he said.

      There are some differences between the formats. Blu-ray discs can hold more data — 50 gigabytes compared with HD DVD's 30 GB — but the technology's new manufacturing techniques boosted initial costs.

      HD DVDs, on the other hand, are essentially DVDs on steroids, meaning movie studios can turn to existing assembly lines to produce them in mass.

      Warner Home Video will continue to release new titles in HD DVD until the end of May.

      Pali Capital analyst Rich Greenfield said in a Web posting Friday that he expects the HD DVD format to "die a quick death, versus a prolonged format war."

      "While we still expect overall consumer spending on DVDs to decline at least 3 percent in 2008, the risk of an even worse 2008 DVD environment has most likely been avoided by Warner's early 2008 decision," Greenfield wrote.

      The North American HD DVD Promotional Group Inc., a trade association that promotes the HD DVD format, did not have an immediate comment Friday.

      Calls to representatives for Toshiba, Sony and the Blu-ray Disc Association were not immediately returned.

      Studios and retailers have been choosing sides in the high-def format war in recent months.

      Blu-ray got a big boost in June when Blockbuster Inc. announced it would stock only Blu-ray titles as it expands its high-definition offerings.

      Target Inc., the nation's second-largest retailer, decided in July to sell only Blu-ray DVD players.

      Among the other major studios that have decided to go with Blu-ray: The Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

      Viacom's Paramount Pictures, which also owns DreamWorks SKG, dropped its support for Blu-ray and said it would start distributing films exclusively in the HD DVD format.

      Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric, also releases films only in HD DVD.

      Time Warner shares slipped 42 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $15.91 Friday.

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      Time Warner: http://www.timewarner.com/corp/

      Blu-ray Disc Association: http://www.blu-raydisc.com/bluray_site.htm

      North American HD DVD Promotional Group Inc.: http://www.TheLookAndSoundOfPerfect.com

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      A friend of mine told me the reason why they created blu ray and HD DVDs is not only to improve the quality of the video, but also to discourage copying and file sharing.... Blu Ray discs hold 25-50 gbs of space and HD DVDs hold...err I'm not going into all that (if you wanna look http://www.emedialive.com/articles/r...rticleid=11633)
      BUT at the same time, hard drives are getting larger.

      Either way it goes...they want our money
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      Quote Originally Posted by Draptomania View Post
      A friend of mine told me the reason why they created blu ray and HD DVDs is not only to improve the quality of the video, but also to discourage copying and file sharing.... Blu Ray discs hold 25-50 gbs of space and HD DVDs hold...err I'm not going into all that (if you wanna look http://www.emedialive.com/articles/r...rticleid=11633)
      BUT at the same time, hard drives are getting larger.

      Either way it goes...they want our money
      This Blu-ray vs. HD sounds like the Betamax vs. VHS war of yesterday, this happens with all technology as it develops to the next level; something has to win, while the other loses. And don’t worry about copying and file sharing, if there’s a way to lock it, there’s a key… And some hacker will improve the compression rate and have these 25 to 50 gig movies down to about 3 to 5 gigs...lol

      There has been nothing made in this software/techno world that has been hacker proof!

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      Greetings Queen Draptomania and Bro. Sun Ship!

      Sis. Draptomania, don't believe the hype. You are correct in stating that all they want is our money.

      Brother SunShip yes, I remember those days of the Betamax and VHS wars. I agree with you someone
      has to win and the other one lose. The hackers are determined to stay ahead of the game and bring
      the powers that be back to the drawing board to reinvent their products while trying to keep them from
      hacking the next new piece of technology. I love to see how fast some of these items get hacked. LOL

      I firmly believe that if man makes it man can very well hack it. It's only a matter of time, that is just
      human nature. People always want to know how things work, and that curiousity is what leads them to
      take up the challenge.

      The brain is the original supercomputer and that won't change anytime soon...lol

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      Blu-ray Wins the Battle, But May Lose the War

      Richard Koman,
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      Blu-ray appears to have won the high-def DVD format war, as Paramount announced on Monday that it would dump HD-DVD in favor of Sony's Blu-ray format. Last week, Warner Bros. also threw its weight behind Blu-ray.

      The developments likely mean the end of HD-DVD as a viable format. Based on the studios' decision, Japanese content producers and hardware manufacturers said they would likely leave the HD-DVD Promotion Group, according to published reports.

      Pony Canyon, a content producer that is part of Fuji Television, predicted it would "choose Blu-ray in the end." Some 20 members of the HD-DVD coalition said their continued membership was "under review." Universal is the only remaining U.S. studio backing HD-DVD, along with one other major corporation that continues to support the format: Microsoft.

      Convergence Picks Up Steam

      When the current DVD format was released, consumers rushed to replace their VHS video collections with the superior digital format. But will consumers care about a better DVD format -- be it Blu-ray or HD-DVD -- when online delivery of TV shows and Hollywood movies threatens to make physical media obsolete?

      In the weeks leading up to the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, industry players were busy cutting deals and rolling out new ways to converge content, the Internet and consumer TV sets. For example, Netflix announced a deal recently with LG to deliver on-demand movies to Internet-connected TVs. It's rumored that Apple will announce deals with Fox and other studios to sell movie downloads via its iTunes Store. At CES, JVC announced a TV set with an iPod port for playing iTunes video purchases on the big screen. And Google and Matsushita announced plans for a flat-screen TV that can display online videos from YouTube and other sites.

      Perhaps most significantly, Comcast Tuesday unveiled Project Infinity, a technology to improve the quality and performance of online video, as part of an effort to deliver its huge catalog of TV shows and movies on demand via the Internet and cable. At CES Tuesday, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts demonstrated the technology by downloading the film Batman Begins in four minutes, a download that would take six hours with a standard broadband connection.

      Will Consumers Care?

      Online on-demand "is going to be the dominant way people consume television and movies at home," Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Research, said in a telephone interview. "It's really a question of when rather than if."

      Blu-ray may turn out to be the winning format, but "the case hasn't been made to the public. No one would know what Blu-ray is or the difference between Blu-ray and HD-DVD or why they should buy these players," Sterling said. "People aren't going to go out and replace their machines or collections."

      The competition from online comes not just from the eventual delivery of Hollywood's products over the Internet but the availability of Net content, such as YouTube videos, on TV sets, Sterling said. "A lot of the CES announcements have this convergence quality. There's a blur of online and TV content." With Internet-connected sets, both kinds of content will move from the computer to the home entertainment center, resulting in a further degrading of networks' brand identities.

      Even so, Sterling said, consumers won't be throwing out their current DVDs anytime soon. "I would say for the foreseeable future, DVDs will not be made obsolete. It will take a few years for these technologies to be made mainstream and reliable. Eventually, people will get movies online through a set-top box or via AppleTV and will probably boost revenues for content owners."

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