Originally Posted by Redeemed
They want convenience, and this is anything but convenient. It's one more thing they have to do, have to learn how to do, or one more thing they have to spend money on when they're budgets are already tight.
Sony *is* shooting themselves in the foot with this. Seriously. If they keep this up, I can see online distribution of HD content overtaking Blu-Ray with relative ease in the not so distant future.
Honestly, if it weren't for their lack of selection I'd prefer iTunes over Blu-Ray.
Still strongly considering getting most my movies from iTunes, and HD-DVD when I can find 'em in that format.
1) "It's one more thing they have to do, have to learn how to do" aka laziness that could be applied to anything. bought a new camera, don't know how to use, RTFM, bought a new car, can't get the satnav o work, RTFM, Oven keeps burning your food, RTFM.
2) Sony IS NOT SHOOTING themself in the foot. SONY does not Equal BD.
The current 19 board members (as of June 2009) are:
Royal Philips Electronics
20th Century Fox
Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
Warner Bros. Entertainment
The contributors as of June 2009 are:
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
CESI Technology Co. Ltd.
China Hualu Group Co., Ltd.
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Cryptography Research Inc.
Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc.
Dolby Laboratories Inc.
Dreamer Co., Ltd.
Eclipse Data Technologies
Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
Gibson Guitar Corporation
Industrial Technology Research Institute
LITE-ON IT Corporation
Marvell International Ltd.
Meridian Audio, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co.Ltd.
Monster Cable Products
Moser Baer India Limited
NEC Electronics Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Pulstec Industrial Co., Ltd.
Sensio Technologies Inc.
ShibaSoku Co. Ltd.
Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.,
Testronic Laboratories, Inc.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC)
Warner Music Group
3) iTunes, Netflix, Hulu etc... streaming media is not even close to the picture quality and video quality of blu-ray.
4) and when it comes to HD-DVD, what are you going to do couple years from now when your fancy HD-DVD player breaks, down. You will not find a replacement, no one will fix it.
5) and back to iTunes, iTunes movies are full of DRM, there is a way to remove it, but that is even more complicated then simple 1-5 minute firmware update process.