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Old 08-21-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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some of you might want to express to Warner your desire for them to stay format neutral in the face of pressure (and money) from Microsoft, which we hear is definitely being applied today at the studio
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This is from Bill Hunt so take it with a grain of salt but if Warner did go HD DVD exclusive it wold only be a short period of time before MGM and others jumped over and BR would be the dead floating fish in the HD river.
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I take anything he says with a grain of salt as he has no credibility due to his extreme fanboyism. However, when Blu-ray fanboys floats rumors positive to HD DVD (even though it's in a negative spin), then I'll sit up and listen...but only that.
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This is from Bill Hunt so take it with a grain of salt but if Warner did go HD DVD exclusive it wold only be a short period of time before MGM and others jumped over and BR would be the dead floating fish in the HD river.
MGM post 1986 is owned by Sony (and Comcast ) with Fox having some of the releasing rights so forget MGM. Pre 1986 is owned by Ted Turner.

Lionsgate would be next if WB went exclusive - or Lionsgate could fall first. They are having money problems right now - lost $53 million last quarter. Nothing a little suitcase from MS won't fix though
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I take anything he says with a grain of salt as he has no credibility due to his extreme fanboyism. However, when Blu-ray fanboys floats rumors positive to HD DVD (even though it's in a negative spin), then I'll sit up and listen...but only that.

I agree and I would love to see this actually come to fruition. Disney currently may take a year to go neutral but if Warner jumps to HD DVD only Disney will be clamouriong to get on teh HD DVD bandwagon and quick just like the DIVx DVD thing with them and their eventual relase on DVD in 98 I still have their initial 9 offerings all labled as LIMITED EDITIONS.
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Im still waiting for him to ask his readers to write Fox and Disney and ask them to go neutral.
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MGM post 1986 is owned by Sony (and Comcast ) with Fox having some of the releasing rights so forget MGM. Pre 1986 is owned by Ted Turner.

Lionsgate would be next if WB went exclusive - or Lionsgate could fall first. They are having money problem right now - lost $53 milliom last quarter. Nothing a little suitcase from MS won't fix though

That would also work for me LOL...
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Mr. Beeks said that the Lions Gate's agreement was not exclusive and his company could produce discs in the HD-DVD format if needed. However, he said the sooner the industry and consumers settled on a single format, the better.
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Who knows. If LG is in financial trouble, they are likely to court whoever has the wallet open. I think Sony would offer them the money to stay. They cant take another black eye like this.
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He is a desperate f**k. He is actually a very pathetic and most hypocritical writer I have seen.

You would have to be a blind fool to believe everything he says.

I sent him a lovely e-mail with how I feel about his hypocritical material.

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He is a desperate f**k. He is actually a very pathetic and most hypocritical writer I have seen.

You would have to be a blind fool to believe everything he says.
Or somehow Bill "Blu Boy" Hunt has got some sniff of a deal that may fall at CEDIA? That maybe WB will pull a "Paramount" and accept cash and incentives to go HD DVD exclusive?

So he is urging his readers to write to WB begging them to stay neutral (They were going to be HD DVD exclusive before the formats were ever released) All they have to do is resign their seat at the BDA.

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WB owns the distribution rights to all pre-1986 MGM movies, except for the Bond movies.
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Like I said, I seriously doubt WB would go exclusive to HD DVD, but if they did, man that would really change the complexion of the war. Only them going exclusive would give HD DVD a decent shot of actually winning...
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Like I said, I seriously doubt WB would go exclusive to HD DVD, but if they did, man that would really change the complexion of the war. Only them going exclusive would give HD DVD a decent shot of actually winning...
Well I think it got a bit tougher for WB to leave BD:

Bluray is NOT Sony

They are a patent holder for BD. They are a patent holder for DVD also. They get $.015 per DVD. That is their royalty payment.

So chances of WB going exclusive now go to 95/5 in favor of staying neutral . . . . for the foreseable future.

They are the only other studio besides Sony who has a piece of BD. No idea what that piece is.
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Whoa, since when does being on the BD board make you a patent holder? I never heard that.
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Whoa, since when does being on the BD board make you a patent holder? I never heard that.
Fourth Meeting of Patent Holders Held

(Chevy Chase, Maryland USA 21 February 2007) MPEG LA announced today that the fourth meeting of essential Blu-ray DiscTM patent owners, currently consisting of 18 companies, was held in New York on February 6-7 for the purpose of creating a joint license providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to essential patents, as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Significant progress has been made in identifying licensing terms for Blu-ray DiscTM products such as players, recorders, drives, software, recordable discs and prerecorded discs. Participating companies include CyberLink Corporation; Dell Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hitachi Ltd.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Pioneer Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sonic Solutions; Sony Corporation; TDK Corporation; Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.; and Warner Home Video Inc.
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But Lee does Warner not also hold patents in HD DVD also? Also all teh R&D money spent for this and THD could be overcome by a very fat cheque from MS which could maybe let them forget about one format. It is all specualtion but who knows lets never say never.
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