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The CES obituary

HD DVD

The show itself is not over yet, but there are unlikely to be any further major announcements between now and when it finishes tomorrow - and in any event Universal have already confirmed that, somewhat surprisingly, they won’t be announcing any titles at the show. Many HD DVD fans are currently a little down about the fact that the Blu-ray camp unveiled a roster of major titles for release this year while HD DVD had little to show on the software side of things, but I’d like to read this slightly differently.

Let’s put it this way: CES stands for “Consumer Electronics Show”, implying a decided emphasis on hardware and technological innovation. The HD DVD camp certainly had much to show in that regard, announcing several new player manufacturers, the development of triple-layer 51 GB discs, and the news of Microsoft’s plans to bring more cost-effective solutions to customers. On the hardware side, what did Blu-ray have to show for itself? Bugger all. Apparently announcing a combined total of less than 90 titles for release between now and summer (many of which were already announced months ago) is news-worthy and points to the impending demise of HD DVD… while the HD DVD camp’s technological breakthroughs and commitment to deliver more than 300 new titles this year is nothing? Yes, I’m surprised and disappointed that Universal didn’t at least hint at what titles we can expect to see from them, but I think that those crowing over the fact that Blu-ray has announced Casino Royale and Pirates of the Caribbean are getting a little ahead of themselves. The announcement of these titles is not news: anyone with any sense could have guessed that they were coming. So don’t give up on HD DVD yet: on the contrary, start wondering what’s going on with Team Blu-ray if the best they can come up with to announce at a major electronics show is a handful of new movies.

Oh, and it seems that New Line has elected to toss its hat into the ring with HD DVD but not Blu-ray. Food for thought, no?

 
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 4:53 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology

 
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1.

For me anyway, the news of MSFT and Broadcom doing business w/ Four - thats four - Chinese CE manufacturers trumps anything BD has announced.

Also, 300 titles promised for '07. Last time I checked, 300 was still 300.

I saw CES '07 as the HD DVD group positioning itself for market domination in terms of hardware.

Posted by: aw, January 10, 2007 10:30 PM

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"start wondering what's going on with Team Blu-ray if the best they can come up with to announce at a major electronics show is a handful of new movies."

that's exactly what rational minded individuals are wondering. I find the doom and gloom pervading AVS as being more dissapointing than Universal failing to announce many titles.

Posted by: aw, January 10, 2007 10:33 PM

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