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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted March 14 2006 - 08:59 AM

There are lots of posts flying around at AVS about how Disney has "switched sides" or profoundly changed position in some way regarding Blu-ray exclulsivity.

Long story short, Disney CEO announced that they will "probably" put some movies out on HD DVD in addition to Blu-ray.

I want to emphasise in this post that this in NO WAY is back-peddling from any previous position...Disney has *always* maintained a position of "support" for blu-ray that was non-exclusive in regard to HD DVD.

From Disney's original press release way back in December or 2004:

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   MatthewA


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Posted March 14 2006 - 09:03 AM

Another format not to release Song of the South in. Whoopee. Seriously, what are HD-DVD's chances for survival, when Blu-Ray has majority support? Only one studio supports it exclusively.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Kelly Grannell

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Posted March 14 2006 - 12:02 PM

If the majority buyers of HD DVD think it is good enough and cheap enough (remember Betamax vs VHS?, VHS cheaper than Betamax, although VHS 1st gen VHS looked far worse than 1st gen Betamax), even Sony in the end produces VHS players, tapes AND stopped Betamax.

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted March 14 2006 - 12:25 PM

I'm definitely a proponent for Blu-Ray, but I can't help but feeling neither camp has their stuff together. I'm dissapointed in both of them for not coming to terms to release one solid format. Considering the tremendous success of DVD versus the virtual death of both SACD and DVD-A, you'd think they'd be aware that a standard format is the way to go.
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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Pete T C

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Posted March 14 2006 - 01:22 PM

Was this post really necessary when I posted the same exact info 2 days ago here?http://www.hometheat....hreadid=253349

Even if you wanted to add to it, why start a new thread? It seems almost like this is a "rallying the troops" thread for fear that the news may sway some to HD-DVD?
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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted March 14 2006 - 02:26 PM

I think that the Disney announcement is nothing else but a reply to the probably - lots of inquires - about HD.

This is because of the HD demos going on. Some people just happened to catch it, and naturally, asked their studios.

Somehow I don't think that BR was even mentioned at the demos, so as far as they know, HD is the ONLY new format.

As a BR supporter, I can only hope that Sony is going to start something soon, and hopefully get the stuff out close to the same date as HD (which has just been postponed, if you didn't hear that already).

The fun isn't over yet, by any means. Do a March 28th (the day HD was supposed to roll out), and add 4 days. Beware of any posts coming out that Saturday, April 1st! Posted Image


#7 of 7 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted March 14 2006 - 04:04 PM

Pete, My apologies...I didn't see your post. I rarely check the forum for new threads but today I looked it over to make sure that there wasn't already a Disney thread started before I posted mine. I should have searched it out but I just assumed it would have been bumped up to the top based on activity given the recent news.
Well, for starters my goal (not seeing your orignal post) was to avoid the rediculous assertions going on at AVS where folks were acting like Disney has "switched sides" when, in fact, all they have done is to re-state their non-exclusive support for BD as they had done in the very beginning.
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