Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour
Not following Warner
Hollywood-based Paramount Studios has denied claims that it will be dropping the HD DVD format and returning to Blu-ray Disc.
In an email sent to Bloomberg, Paramount spokeswoman Brenda Ciccone said: "Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format."
The comment was a direct result of speculation that the studio would use a clause allegedly written into its contract with the HD DVD camp that allows it to switch to Blu-ray if Warner Home Video dropped its support of Toshiba's standard. WHV last week did just that.
Meanwhile, another, slightly lesser-known studio has also switched to Blu-ray. Porn label Digital Playground is to adopt Blu-ray exclusively despite initially choosing HD DVD.
It has announced that it will be launching eight titles on the format next month to complement its big-budget HD porn fest Pirates based (very loosely we suspect) on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean.
We suspect an announcement on this will be officially made at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which opens tomorrow at the same venue in Las Vegas that CES is being held. We at Register Hardware are ever vigilant and shall be attending purely in the selfless quest for technology news.
won't somebody think of the trees?
"1. wander down blockbuster and rent a Blu-Ray/HD-DVD/DVD. 1/2 hour to 2 hours (depending on where you live).
2. download a 4.7gb movie 5 hours to however high you can go."
Well, it takes ~11 minutes between deciding to watch a film to it playing on the screen (700 megabytes, 1 megaBYTE a second download on torrent with a decent broadband connection from a unthrottled ISP). Well, maybe add 30 seconds at the start to build up the speed and 20 seconds to decompress the file.
As for HD downloads, I couldn't care less, in fact I prefer lower density material since it uses less CPU to play, takes less power to transmit over the line, and is therefore more environmentally friendly or something... nothing worth watching these days anyway, bah!
Personally if i want to see a movie i want to see it now, here are the options.
1. wander down blockbuster and rent a Blu-Ray/HD-DVD/DVD. 1/2 hour to 2 hours (depending on where you live).
2. download a 4.7gb movie 5 hours to however high you can go.
Even 100mb broadband is gonna get slow when seven or eight people in your street decide they want to watch a movie.
That, dear boy, is exactly what I have been saying.
BTW, it's HIGHLANDER as in 'There can be only ONE!'.
Tried downloading a Bly ray disc on your adsl connection? I havent, but I know someone who has.... 16gb+ even on a 20mb connection isn't fun.
We're looking at 10-20 years to convince someone to lay a decent network that can support decent download rates for that much data.
I for one...
...welcome our new Blu-ray overlords.
OK, that line is getting overused, but I wanted in on it before it got way overused.