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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: What's Next?

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338w ago - This should be the final year for the high-def format war.. So, what's next?

After Warner Bros.' endorsement of Blu-ray shortly before the Consumer Electronics Show, many analysts have said Blu-ray will be the ultimate winner in its high-def disc format war against HD DVD.

But how much longer will the war go on? And, what will happen before it comes to an end -- assuming that it does?

Here's my prediction for what's likely to transpire in the high-def format war in 2008:

1.The HD DVD Surge
Toshiba said today that it will slash prices on HD DVD players and expand its marketing campaign. Clearly, the format's leading supporter is trying to show the studios and other industry players that it's still a competitive battle.

However, in part because of the negative press from CES (thanks to Warner Bros), relatively few consumers will bite on the lower prices due to fears that they will purchase a soon-to-be obsolete format.

2. Toshiba & Sony Will Begin Peace Talks
While awaiting sales results from the first quarter, Toshiba and Sony (Blu-ray's leading supporter) will begin informal negotiations for establishing a single format. With five major studios behind it (compared to HD DVD's two), Sony has the leverage here, but it wants to bring this battle...
 

Paramount or not, Transformers on PS3 video!

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339w ago - The HD-DVD put into an m2ts blu-ray package. Could be streamed direct or split onto multiple dvds.

This shows from 1 of the split dvds. I have had this for a while, but as blu-ray momentum builds I just wanted to say f-off to Paramount for going HD-DVD.

I wanted to get Transformers on blu-ray since I saw it in movies, now I had to create my own.



 

Japanese gamer rips HD DVD exclusive Transformers, runs on PS3

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339w ago - According to reports, a Japanese gamer has been able to rip the HD DVD exclusive Transformers and manage to successfully get it running on the PS3 via burning it on Blu-ray.

The steps involved to his success include the following - rip of a EVO file of the Transformers HD DVD, usage of EVOdemux to rebuild the necessary image, convert EVO file into BDMV format via TSremux and lastly burn onto BD-RE with Ulead.

The only major limitiation to his method so far is that subtitles don't transfer over.
 

HBO drops HD DVD too

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339w ago - HBO Video president Henry McGee announced today that HBO, too, is "following the same policy as Warner Home Video."

HBO had been had been a supporter of both formats and has released Season 6 of one of the most popular TV-DVD sellers of all time, "The Sopranos," on both Blu-ray and HD DVD.

However now it seems if you want some of your favorite shows on disc, it will have to be Blu-ray.
 

Why has multiformat games development become so problematic?

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340w ago - With release dates slipping as titles need 'further development time' and louder groans from coders regarding the trials of contemporary CPUs, we look at how the increasingly contradictory nature of development - with studios asked to make one game for a variety of different machines - has impacted the industry...

Looking at the current state of the game market, it's clear that the development sector is having a serious problem with multiplatform development.

Staggered releases have become more common: it's not unusual to see a PS3 version of a title ship a week or two after its 360 counterpart. But it can be even more severe than that - some titles are appearing on some formats months after they've appeared on another, with slippage as developers continually shift attentions between platforms impacting production schedules.

In addition, more and more developers are starting to speak out on the difficulties of being multiplatform developers in this latest generation - usually at the same time as they boast the large amount of work they've done on their own internal development frameworks to alleviate the situation.

There's even a feeling amongst some in the industry that simultaneous multiplatform development isn't possible with a single team any more.
 
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