updated 04:20 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2007
HD DVD Internet Features
Movies on HD DVD will soon release discs with Internet-specific features, the film studios associated with the project have revealed today in tandem with Microsoft. Players connected to broadband-level Internet access will have the option of using their network link to download or submit content relating to the movie. Owners of 300 will have the choice of re-cutting the movie's sequences and submitting the changes online as well as viewing others' edits, the companies mentioned. Other examples include participating in online polls through copies of Blood Diamond or enabling extras for the movie itself, such as subtitles in new languages or watching more recent trailers.
The introduction may prove important to HD DVD, which has struggled for sales of players compared to Blu-Ray. The latter holds more per disc than HD DVD (50GB versus 30GB) but is less likely to offer features that depend on Internet access, as players are not obligated to include an Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter to join a local network.