Michael Bay: HD-DVD Conspiracy Theorist
If you believe what Michael Bay says, then Microsoft is the puppeteer in a stalemate it doesn’t want anyone to win. The Transformers director is not particularly fond of HD-DVD – outright calling Blu-Ray “superior” – but he recently posted on his official forums with a nice conspiracy theory that X-Files fanatics like myself will just gobble up.
What you don’t understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.
Bay threatened to not do a Transformers sequel after Paramount announced it would release Transformers exclusive on HD-DVD, although he later retracted the threat.
It seems like a rather crazy notion that Microsoft would pump out so much money only to buy time, but crazier things have happened.