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Old 01-13-2008, 01:37 AM   #31
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That is my main concern about Blu-ray, if they were struggling to produce the discs for the quantities currently required, what would happen if the market suddenly boomed? Would we end up in a similar situation to what Nintendo has found itself in with the Wii and DS? Not only is the hardware in short supply, but the main games also completely dry up over the Xmas period.

Also, if thats the state of Blu-ray with it's current studios, what about if Universal jumped on board and gave it the same quantity of releases that it had been giving HD DVD? I believe they've put out more HD releases than any other studio involved in HD right now. Where would the extra discs materialise from? Is it safe for replicators to fork out for new BD production lines when the formats future is far from certain (especially based on it's potential lifespan, the discs may no longer be required in 2 years time if the market doesn't now take off).

I still see Blu-ray (without it being capable of switching back to DVD production) being a risky venture fo replicators.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:20 AM   #32
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...I'm thinking there's a mighty good chance all the studios are going to keep taking whatever Blu-Ray offers them until their contracts run out and then drop HDM like a hot potato!
The indicator to see whether that is true is the number of titles all studios release from now on. If it continues to be a slight trickle, then you're probably right.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:53 AM   #33
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Sad thing about this statement is the majority of the public could careless what happens in the corporate world. They just want their electronics to work and that's it. What happens behind the scenes in the corporate world is immaterial.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:55 AM   #34
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That is my main concern about Blu-ray, if they were struggling to produce the discs for the quantities currently required, what would happen if the market suddenly boomed? Would we end up in a similar situation to what Nintendo has found itself in with the Wii and DS? Not only is the hardware in short supply, but the main games also completely dry up over the Xmas period.

Also, if thats the state of Blu-ray with it's current studios, what about if Universal jumped on board and gave it the same quantity of releases that it had been giving HD DVD? I believe they've put out more HD releases than any other studio involved in HD right now. Where would the extra discs materialise from? Is it safe for replicators to fork out for new BD production lines when the formats future is far from certain (especially based on it's potential lifespan, the discs may no longer be required in 2 years time if the market doesn't now take off).

I still see Blu-ray (without it being capable of switching back to DVD production) being a risky venture fo replicators.
You could also ask yourself, with the expenses involved in setting up Blu replication facilities, what happens if something better comes along? Do the studios become like the oil companies where they fight any kind of alternative fuel technology until they've had time to make their own? The fantastic thing about HD DVD was that it could use the DVD plants with minimal retooling and expense.

Also, how long is it before the bill comes due for those replication machines, and all the money Sony has spent? If Blu-ray becomes mainstream then it is the customer who is going to be paying on Sony's loans. I still think Warner has insured that HDM in it's current form is at best a niche, and will never hit mainstream.

Hell, another 2 years and we'll all be watching HDM on DVD probably.
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High def downloads are more compressed. Hell, they probably will fit on standard DVDs.
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High def downloads are more compressed. Hell, they probably will fit on standard DVDs.
A dual layer DVD would be fine for all the content on Xbox Live Video Marketplace, Heck I think there'd even still be room to get a lossless audio track on (for some reason atm they're stereo here in europe o_O)
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