Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Thought some of you might find this interesting. Warner has signed on exclusively with Blu-ray for all their high definition releases.
This doesn't bode particularly well for HD-DVD, most of the big companies seem to be leaning this way for the moment at least. Though that said since most computers lack the hardware that will talk to the copy protection bits it's going to be a slow swing to the realisation of the newer formats when it comes.
Awesome, thanks for the update, I am hoping that bluray comes out on top and this gives it quite an advantage, its already exclusive for the sony studios obviously.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Most companies are still waiting to pick a winner. The longer the format war goes on, the more it degrades both sides. Nobody wants to spend lots of money to find they've picked the wrong side, and their stuff is obsolete and unsupported.
I think that it will take another exlusive deal or two from a big company, and everyone will switch over to Blu-ray.
Warner isn't the only one making that decision lately. As far as I know LionsGate wasn't one of the original studios backing Blu-ray exclusively, but now they are. Some of their movies I don't like but they certainly are making a lot of movies lately and some are pretty good. Apparently their reasons for backing Blu-ray exclusively was based mostly on better piracy control. [COLOR=blue]http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_qdr=all&q=LionsGAte+backs+blu-ray+exclusively[/COLOR] Word is LionsGate is planning to offer double feature discs too. It appears as of May '08 it will be 7 studios to 5 that favor Blu-ray over HD-DVD. From About.com: Home Theater: "Blu-ray Support On the software side, Blu-ray is supported by Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, New Line, and Warner. HD-DVD Support On the software side, HD-DVD is supported by BCI, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, Studio Canal, and Universal Pictures, and Warner (only until May 2008 - at which time it will be Blu-ray exclusive)."
I hope Blu Ray wins, IMO its a better design and the DRM is Java based rather than the other format, which uses some Microsoft DRM. Considering Microsoft's track record on fair competition I would say that Blu Ray stands much more chance of working on any platform than the MS DRM.