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Old 08-21-07, 11:00 AM   #13
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Old 08-21-07, 11:54 AM   #14
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The BDA has already sunk MASSIVE amounts of money into this. The PS3 is supposedly causing $1B-1.5B gaming losses per annum, the delayed start of the PS3 caused huge opportunity losses, the subsidization of the BD50, a year's worth of endless promotion, endcaps, advertising, and whatever incentives were paid to Disney, Fox, Blockbuster, etc. The bottom line is probably well over $3B and may well be over $4B. HD DVD has been hit by subsidized players at the launch, their reported advertising budget of around $150MM (IIRC), and now this Paramount deal. Total cost to them to date is probably less than $500MM, a mere fraction of the hole the BDA has dug for themselves.

HD DVD is easily in the financial position to exert considerable influence if they choose to.
Rumor has it Warner may switch to HD DVD exclusive. So much for BD's "massive studio support!"

Still amazed that with all this "studio support", FITDTH AGiGBAYtes!!!!, PS3, billions of dollars, paid off retailers, paid off video rental companies, BD can only manage 2:1. Wait till you see how many HD DVD players Transformers sells.
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Wait till you see how many HD DVD players Transformers sells.
Do you think The Transformers movie will have a greater push on HDDVD Players than the Maxtrix Series did? Seeing as there was an immediate price drop prior to the Matrix release that I remember and the Matrix boxsets were of course $74.99 and up. Just a straight up question.....no sarcasm intended...this time
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Since Transformers is a major new release then IMO it will sell HD-DVD players if Toshiba and now Onkyo price the players right ( I predict a $199-$249 price point by Xmas 07).
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Since Transformers is a major new release then IMO it will sell HD-DVD players if Toshiba and now Onkyo price the players right ( I predict a $199-$249 price point by Xmas 07).
Onkyo's only got the one high-end player based on the XA2, don't they? I thought the MSRP was around $800...

They need to get those super-cheap Chinese players to market already and get the A2 down to a $199 MSRP by the start of Q4, down to $149 by Christmas. Let the 3rd generation stay a little more expensive for now.
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