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Blu-Ray wins the High Def video format, blu-ray in Xbox360 soon? March 11, 2008

Posted by stvchang in Apple, blu-ray, blu-ray discs, blu-ray movies, business, DVD, gadgets, games, gaming news, hd-dvd, Microsoft, movies, Rumors, Sony, tech news, tech stuff, Xbox360, Xbox360 games.
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The 1080P High Definition Video format war is over. When HD-DVD exclusive Warner Bros studios switched to support the Blu-Ray format exclusively, the winner was effectively decided. Shortly thereafter, Toshiba (the main player in the HD-DVD format) too announced that they will cease to produce new HD-DVD players and withdrawing from the format war.

Now, its reported that Sony is talking to Microsoft about adopting the Blu-Ray format to its systems. While Sony have approached Apple for the same talks too (Microsoft and Apple are supporters of HD-DVD format), there are now strong rumors that Xbox360 may feature Blu-Ray as standard drive format.

While these are rumors at this point of time, it is not impossible for Xbox360 to adopt the Blu-Ray as the format due to the larger storage capabilities and as games becomes bigger (Lost Oddessey will fit in one dual layer Blu-Ray disc instead of four dual layer DVD dics). Alternatively, Microsoft could come up with a Blu-Ray add-on drive, as they have done with the HD-DVD add-on drive.

This will be interesting to keep watch, to see how Microsoft will react.

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Michael Bay kools down. August 23, 2007

Posted by stvchang in blu-ray, DVD, hd-dvd, Sony.
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Michael Bay, the possible director of Transformers 2,┬áhave back pedaled on his earlier statement about Paramount’s decision not to release Transformers in the blu-ray format.

He has posted in his blog forum that he “drank the Kool-Aid…. yadda yadda yadda… so I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!”

Hahaha…. so much for standing up to your beliefs…

Michael Bay responds to Paramount’s decision to go HD-DVD exclusively. August 21, 2007

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Michael Bay, director of Transformers, have reportedly stated in his blog forum that that Paramount’s decision to go HD exclusively has pissed him off.

In his blog forum title “Paramount pisses me off!” Michael goes on the record saying “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me! “

Oh no!! No Transformers 2…. curse you Paramount!

Paramount and Dreamworks movies on HD-DVD exclusively. August 21, 2007

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The format war between HD-DVD and blu-ray is heating up even more.

Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Animations have been releasing movies in both HD-DVD and Blu-ray format for a while now. In fact, they started in the HD-DVD camp before they decided to release them in blu-ray format too. Now all this is about to change again.

Both studios have announced that they are dropping the blu-ray format and be exclusive to the HD format. This means that latest summer blockbuster movies such as Transformers, Shrek The Third and Blades of Glory (which will come out first) will not be getting the blu-ray edition. To view them in HD, you have to use the

Reason given for the switch? Cheaper HD-DVD players and manufacturing costs will trump out the more expensive blu-ray players (which are mainly PS3).

Oh no! Do I have to get the Xbox360 (a 30% failure machine) and the HD-DVD attachment, or get the Toshiba player, to see Transformer in high def?? Why cant I use the PS3?

Curse you Paramount! Hahaha….