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Master Geek
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  Reply # 68307 24-Apr-2007 14:00

Thats just one opinion and one chain's decision for now, they could change with the wind - and customer demand.
We're in very early days of movies actually being available - I went into the Virgin Megastore in San Fran and there were about the same amount of Blu Ray discs as HD DVDs, and about the same amount of titles I would actually buy (about 5 films per disc format). Its only the first release cycle of films - output to each will ramp up and titles we actually want to buy will start coming out..... Will LOTR or Star Wars trilogies come out on both? Home Theatre nerds will no doubt want both for their collections - I know that LOTR has been announced for HDDVD so will this cause a shift?

And if the porn industry does show where things are going then surely HDDVD will take the cake on this one - "An HD DVD replication line costs about €800,000 and you can make 40,000 discs a day on it. A Blu-Ray replication line costs €1.7m or €1.8m and you can make 10,000 to 15,000 discs a day." (link)
Thats a big cost difference.

Also - HDDVD has successfully had its protection hacked and removed - will this cause a change in which people choose? Definitely in Asian markets, and maybe, thanks to the 360's HDDVD drive working on normal PCs also give the HTPC a easy option to add it....

I suppose I want HDDVD to win, both formats are so similar its not funny - or maybe in a couple of years everyone will just have dual format drives that play both (remember DVD-R, DVD+R....)

PS - When I say Star Wars - I don't mean ep1-3 - they suck.

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  Reply # 68367 24-Apr-2007 22:13
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From EngadgetHD (it's an awesome blog by the way)....

The Blu-ray vs HD DVD format war reaches another milestone, with sales of Blu-ray Discs reaching more than one million sold since the format launched less than a year ago. According to Home Media Research, Blu-ray locked up 70% of high-definition movies sales in the first quarter of 2007 (832,530 to 359,300), and account for seven of the top ten best-selling high-def movies. Even on those few titles available in both formats, like The Departed, consumers are buying more Blu-ray than HD DVD versions. HD DVD owners and fans can still point to sales of their format of choice reaching number one at Amazon recently -- as well as early release dates like The Matrix and exclusives like Smokin' Aces -- but with Blu-ray-only Disney releasing big titles like Cars and both Pirates movies in the coming months, the Blu-ray Disc Association won't be stopping the press releases anytime soon.

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