Warner puts 'Glu-ray' disc on hold - again
Blu-ray/HD DVD combo's time is past
Warner Home Entertainment has once again admitted that its Total HD multi-format next-gen optical disc initiative is "on hold".
Actually, the thing's positively moribund, we'd suggest, having been made irrelevant by the unwillingness of the rest of the content business to back it.
Warner launched Total HD back in January, pitching it as the solution to the format war: studios could use it to deliver both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc content in the same package. How? By making one of each and gluing them together, label-side.
The snag: consumers have generally avoided two-sided discs - a fact that spurred the development of the two-layer, single-sided DVD. Warner hoped consumers would put up with that in Total HD's case because of the ability to buy content proof against the outcome of the battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray.
But with Total HDs costing double what a single disc would, and with too many of its fellow studios determined to back only one of the competing formats, Warner's support base was limited to itself and Paramount. And this summer Paramount stopped supporting both formats in favour of HD DVD.
Jim Noonan, Senior VP of Strategic Promotion and Communication for Warner Home Entertainment, this week told website High-Def Digest that Total HD was "on hold" - the same words used by Warner Home Video President Ron Sanders back in September.
Of course, Warner never had the courage to offer Total HD discs on its own, using it to offer both formats with a single product, but according to Noonan, that's not what retailers want: "If anything, at this point, it would further complicate their life, because there would be another product looking for shelf space. Our job is not to further complicate the lives of our retailers."
"Whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant!"
Hmmm.. Egg, face.. on your... In your own time...
BD outsells HD-DVD - big style!
Whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant!
Historically Sony hasn't had much success in getting their formats widely accepted.
Sony projects that never got mass market appeal...
Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC)
Digital Audio Tape (DAT)
High capacity Floppy Disk (HiFD)
High capacity Mini-Disc (HiMD)
MultiMedia Compact Disc (MMCD)
Mini-Disc Long Play (MDLP)
Professional Disc for Data (PPD)
Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS)
Super Audio CD (SACD)
Universal Media Disc (UMD)
Sony projects that were abandoned
Direct Digital Stream
Sony success... telling Apple to use 3.5" Floppy on their Macintosh.
They may not have a winning track record but one of these days that ant will move another rubber tree plant.
HD DVD has a major coup...
Leaked multi region playback for SD discs... the flagship XE1 HD DVD player can now play any region standard definition discs, something i was waiting for as i have a high proportion of R1 discs in my existing DVD collection. Now i can replace my current player and get top quality upscaling on all formats, plus as it's HD DVD and not Blu Ray i can buy my HD discs from anywhere and they'll play just fine.
Looks like Sony may be losing the grip of this market too.... hardly surprising, identical playback quality, identical audio quality but more expensive to manufacture, region locked and significantly more expensive players i struggle to see how it was even a battle to start with... remove the PS3 from the Blu Ray camp (unrealistic i appreciate as it does exist and it is a very competent BR player) and the format war was over months ago.
@Mr Chriz - 'Not sticking them together'
Seems sensible, but you just know I'd buy an HDDVD player, you'd buy a blu-ray, and we'd only buy the film once between us ;-)
Already bought a panny full hd telly, bluray the way to go I thought, stand-alone player? nope too expensive..
hmm, a unit that plays hi-def games, video files(transferable by wi-fi/ethernet/ usb stick) broadband capable with an ok browser, downloadable content, some free some chargeable and plays bluray movies that I have bought from sendit.com for a TENNER! or ones i rent from tesco online aka lovefilm(huge choice btw)
no brainer- buy a ps3.
40 year old nerd.....