Saturday, July 7th 2007

European Commission investigating HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

Or, to be specific, the EC is investigating why movie studios chose to back either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. This investigation is to ensure that there are no monopolies or any other shenanigans going on with either format.

HD-DVD is mainly being promoted by Toshiba, with help from movie studios Universal, Warner and Paramount. The last two also support Blu-Ray. Sony and 20th Century Fox only release HD content via Blu-Ray, and several other studios support Blu-Ray. There is no clear winner in the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war at this point.Source: Reg Hardware
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12 Comments on European Commission investigating HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Im guessing the EC needs a reason to spend millions of euros on something, so they chose this. I dont care if anyone agrees or not, but this is just plain stupid. We have two formats because two different conglomerates couldnt resolve their issues and come with one new format. Just the earlier DVD wars, this will probably pan out the same.
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#2
Atech
I'd rather them spend money ensuring there isn't any crony capitalism going on than not doing so. Personally, I think it smells pretty bad.
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Dippyskoodlez
by: zekrahminator
Or, to be specific, the EC is investigating why movie studios chose to back either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. This investigation is to ensure that there are no monopolies or any other shenanigans going on with either format.
DRM?

Corporate shenanigans?


NEVER!
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#4
Benpi
If all movies were released on both formats, there would be some serious price competition since both formats are pretty much equal quality. Many Blu-Ray and HD DVDs cost $35 fucking dollars because you can't get it on the other format. We need someone to investigate this crap because competition is ultimately best for consumer.
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#5
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
^ Well said.
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#6
Wile E
Power User
^ditto
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#7
jocksteeluk
Sony could be accused as all the film studios they own are only making films in the Blu-ray format and since they are joint patent holder of the format that could be seen as an abuse.
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#9
Benpi
it's photoshopped. You can see the feathered alpha fade around the guy on the high res pic from ebaumsworld.
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#10
kwchang007
wow.....why do they need to investigate this? it's a format war.....no need to investigate, just wait (well that's how i look at it)
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Dippyskoodlez
by: kwchang007
wow.....why do they need to investigate this? it's a format war.....no need to investigate, just wait (well that's how i look at it)
They're investigating WHY they chose the formats.

I.E. WHY they wanna use the overly intrusive DRM.
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#12
kwchang007
by: Dippyskoodlez
They're investigating WHY they chose the formats.

I.E. WHY they wanna use the overly intrusive DRM.
ohhh thanks for clearing that up, i didn't read the article well enough apparently, but i can see why they used so much DRM, but anyways, there are now ways around it :toast:
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