Posted on December 5, 2007,

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.

via Engadget

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12 Comments on Michael Bay: HD-DVD Conspiracy Theorist

used cisco

On December 5, 2007 at 9:08 pm

I stopped reading at, “If you believe what Michael Bay says…..”

I don’t. Next.

Ok, seriously, so I did keep reading.

“Bay threatened to not do a Transformers sequel”

Um, awesome?

So yeah, this guy sucks hard. I totally hope he boycotts the next transformers movie so we can get someone who will do a better job, say, maybe Alan Smithy?


On December 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Wait, people actually care what he thinks?


On December 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Meh. M$’s evil anyways.


On December 5, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Well its a fact that there wouldn’t be a format war if Microsoft hadn’t persuaded Toshiba to go it alone when every other electronics company was set to go soley with BluRay. There is also the little matter that Microsoft apparently are the people who gave Paramount the $100m to go exclusively with HD-DVD for a year. You really do have to wonder what there motives are.


On December 5, 2007 at 9:43 pm

It really doesn’t matter whether or not Microsoft is ready for digital downloads or not. Michael Bay isn’t smart enough to know that.

What’s holding up this whole thing is the slow ass pace of our national network. Frankly, if digital downloads happened the way M$ wants them to, it’d slow the interwebs to a crawl!

Trust me, I’m a network engineer and our infrstructure just can’t handle mass downloads…. yet.

used cisco

On December 5, 2007 at 10:01 pm


Howdy, I’m a network engineer too. Check out my link user name, I sell Cisco hardware all day long. Hit us up if you need something for a project. ;)

Anyway, I’m not sure what you mean by our “national network”. There really is no entity that controls the net, in this country or elsewhere. As I’m sure you know, there are portions of the net that could handle video downloads with ease, and other more localized distribution layers that struggle to deliver solid web surfing. In fact, this is the very reason we NEED digital distribution IMO. The net doesn’t grow for growths sake. It grows to support needed services/demand. If digital downloads get more popular, that will be the impetus companies need to upgrade their infrastructure and service plans. Companies that have copper running all over the place now are not motivated to make the jump to fiber. They will be if customers want it and are willing to pay for it. And that won’t happen until customers start experiencing multi-hour downloads of movies. So yeah, we NEED digital disto, voip and video conferencing to get a faster more robust web, not the other way around.

And digital downloads won’t necessarily slow the web as much as people think (rather, they themselves will be slow) because providers will just throttle back the traffic by giving it lower priority in the queue. Quality of service protocols will allow VOIP and other time sensitive data to have the initiative.


On December 5, 2007 at 10:58 pm

What the hell do HD formats and digital downloads have to do with each other? Do they somehow compete?


On December 6, 2007 at 10:33 am

MS is probibly funding HD DVDs because:

1) Blue-Ray is an embraced technology of Sony, a competitor of MS.

2) Blue-Ray is higher quality but HD DVD are cheaper, and all corperations know that cheap crap sells better.

3) MS has more money then they know what to do with, so they need another money sink.


On December 6, 2007 at 10:56 am

Thats crazy! digital downloads are still gonna happen weither moneysoft or sony owns the market.

I agree with used cisco, the video streaming and digital downloads are causing the need for upgrades. Damn youtube. i will someday need a T1 fiber optic connection or even better a T3. used cisco, hook us up with some of those tasty Cisco switches. i doubt i could afford the T1 line though.

used cisco

On December 7, 2007 at 12:23 am

“Blue-Ray is higher quality”

Just out of curiosity, by what standard are Blu-Ray higher quality? The players? the Discs? The format? Do you have any links to a qualitative comparison of the 2 formats?

used cisco

On December 7, 2007 at 12:24 am


T1 isn’t even that fast anymore, your standard cable internet is a lot faster, at least on the download side. Most cable providers throttle the upload back to 768 or thereabouts.

Ben Burgess

On December 7, 2007 at 2:23 am

Well… if they do come out with Digital Downloads I think I’ll be happier. I already have a mivo TV media player.