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HD DVD Group axes CES keynote

updated 01:55 am EST, Sat January 5, 2008

HD DVD Group Axes CES

The HD DVD Promotional Group tonight reacted to Warner's abandonment of HD DVD for movies by canceling its Consumer Electronics Show keynote on short notice. The organization does not say the keynote is being removed permanently from its scheduled but says it has "postponed" the event without a new date, according to the announcement. Discussions are said to be underway with the group's partners and are widely expected to determine how Toshiba and other HD DVD backers approach the format at the show. A statement from the organization says it remains committed to the "quality and affordability" of the disc format.

Toshiba itself has already reacted to the decision and claims not to understand Warner's decision; HD DVD has had "significant momentum" in the US and other areas and was entirely viable, the electronics maker says. The firm also claims that HD DVD players and equipped PCs have outsold their PC rivals but does not say whether these statistics include Sony's PlayStation 3, which is capable of movie playback. The HD DVD Promotional Group has historically omitted PS3 sales from its statistics and argues that only dedicated movie player and PC drive sales should count towards results.

The statements cloud the expected impact of HD DVD at CES, which was expected to mark a renewal of the conflict between Blu-ray and HD DVD with likely new products unveiled by supporters of each format. Microsoft in particular is rumored to have an Xbox 360 with an HD DVD drive built-in as part of its CES keynote presentation on Sunday and (if true) may be significantly impacted by Warner's decision to offer HD movie discs only in Blu-ray form. The conversion is understood to give Blu-ray a controlling majority of HD movie sales.

by MacNN Staff





  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adios HD DVD

    Gates can forget releasing any Xbox 360 with a built-in HD DVD drive now. That format will be dead by the end of 2008. Microsoft's attempt to promote HD DVD in order to kill both HD optical formats has failed miserably.

  1. GoDucks

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The HD DVD Promotional Group has historically omitted PS3 sales from its statistics and argues that only dedicated movie player and PC drive sales should count towards results."

    So an HD-DVD drive on a PC counts towards their sales numbers while a Blu-Ray drive in a PS3 does not for the sake of comparison?

    That just seems silly to me. I purchased a PS3 over the summer as I felt it was the best priced and most attractive (based on the ease of firmware updates) Blu-Ray player. I have a dozen+ Blu-Ray discs and have only recently started to play games on the machine.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where is Testudo now?

    So, Testudo, why don't you help Mr. Gates in dealing with such a miserable strategy? HD-DVD is DEAD, as soon will be the Windows PC. GO APPLE!

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Testudo was an hd-dvd fanboy?

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Testudo is a M$ fanboy.

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are they on Drugs

    "argues that only dedicated movie player and PC drive sales should count towards results."

    We bought a PS3 purely because it was a Blue Ray player and the cheapest we could find. We primarily s it for Blue Ray DVD's and yes we now play a few games on it as well.

    The next press release we see will be from Microsoft saying that they only count Windows Mobile in their statistics and dont count the Iphone as thats irrelevant.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not over yet...

    The format war is not over yet. Until the other two studios drop support and HD-DVDs are no longer available will it be over.

    I'm not buying either in the meantime.

    This is still good news. Die HD-DVD die.

  1. akirashimablue

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Alright, that is it!

    As far as formats go, I just want someone to lose so that I the consumer can win. I said a while back that I would just buy a dual format player and win no matter who won. Then I said to myself "thats batsh*t retarded." Why should I buy a product under two licenses and play into this war. I would only be subsidizing my crack dealer. So here is the deal, I am not buying. I am not buying either formats. On top of that, until this is over, I am not buying a DVD that isn't blank because I am not going to rebuild my library. I am renting or using Netflix until I get what I want. One format that plays everything on a player at the 200 price point. I want something to make me phase out of traditional DVD. Blu_ray has more storage capacity right now. So I lean towards them. I author DVDs as well. That 1080p 52 in LCD is staying on the shelf. If you are thinking about that DRM, both have been cracked and have only ever been a deterrent not an actual source of protection. "Keeps the honest people honest." While we are being honest. People aren't honest. They see a dollar on the ground and most people will pocket it more than likely. Piracy is going to happen. So what makes either side say they can win? They are just waiting to say who blinks first because I guarantee that I am not the only person out there that hasn't bought a S-DVD because they are willing to upgrade, but don't want to be stuck with Beta-Max (Thanks Sony, even though it was a superior format).

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    my two cents...

    1 - maybe if we always open comments rubbing Testudo - maybe he/ she/ it might never chime in_

    It's a theory_

    2 - Apple has the iTMS as a download service_ Both Music and Video_ Many other companies have and are following suit_ Yes granted it is quicker to drive to Best Buy and purchase a physical copy or BlockBuster and rent one_ But with all of this download stuff getting easier and quicker and products like Solid State Hard Drives gaining capacity and stability to rival that of Magnetic Platter Drives...

    What is the big damned deal about this whole next gen Disc c***? Is there really going to be a media format to come after Blu-Ray/ HD DVD? It seems like who ever initiated the CD/ DVD industry is trying to prolong their dying market_ When it is so cheap to buy an external Drive with 20 times the storage capacity on average_ Or more as they break the Terabyte mark_

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: my two cents...

    Good point. By the time the format war is over and whoever the winner is going to be, it's too late. Movie downloads become mature.... just like CD is slowly phasing out, video stores are closing left and right.

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