Posted November 11 2007 - 09:41 AM
| Originally Posted by Robert George |
Why is the concept of Blu-ray market realities so controversial here? I'm not directing this at you, Shane, but at some of the previous comments. I quoted your comment as it simply and eloquently gets to the heart of the problem some (all?) studios have with the Blu-ray format. When 95% of a format's installed hardware base is a game console, it does not take a marketing genius to figure out what types of movies sell on that format and what does not. I feel confident that Warner has released enough titles on Blu-ray and HD DVD to have a good understanding of both markets. If Warner has continued to NOT put certain titles on Blu-ray that they have on HD DVD, and IME is obviously not the impediment, well, is that so hard to figure out.
Xbots deride the ps3 as an inferior games console and as a glorified bluray player. Hd dvd zealots proclaim the ps3 as a game console. You guys need to get together and clarify your attack strategies.
The question should be, is the ps3 a viable bluray player. The answer is yes, its a very capable bluray player. The whole terminology used by Toshiba is crap, referring to their players as standalone units. The ps3 stands alone, so what's their point. I could turn around and dub their players highly limited consumer electronics devices capable of doing one thing only.
And also, your comment about it doesn't take a genius to figure out what type of movie would sell to a ps3 buyer. Funny, really, Batman Begins, V for Vendetta, Matrix Trilogy, T3, sorry, but all those films would definitely appeal to a gamer type. Yeah, Transformers and Shrek would do absolutely terrible on the ps3 as well, I suppose. Small wonder that Toshiba was so anxious to keep those titles off the ps3, they coughed up $150mil for "marketing considerations."
This format war is likely to stand as it is for a long time. Paramount and Dreamworks took the money, because they figured whatever bluray sales they gave up they would just pick up on dvd. Likewise, there is no reason for bluray studios to alter their stance for the exact same reason.