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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses Despite "Duping" Products on the Market

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses Despite "Duping" Products on the Market
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:45:07 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Blu-ray outsells HD DVD in U.S. for first nine months

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| Home Media Research, a division of Home Media Magazine, said on Tuesday total 
| U.S. sales of Blu-ray discs, using a Sony-backed technology, totaled 2.6 
| million units from January 1 through September 30, versus 1.4 million HD DVD 
| discs sold.   


A loss for HD DVD is also a loss for XBox360.


Vole bribes HD buyers with free disks

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| That's apart from the copy of King Kong that comes in the box. Given the 
| extravagant pricing of HD-DVD movies on the high street, that practically 
| gets you the HD player for free.  


Two Studios to Support HD DVD Over Rival

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|     But money talks: Paramount and DreamWorks Animation together will receive 
|     about $150 million in financial incentives for their commitment to HD 
|     DVD, according to two Viacom executives with knowledge of the deal but 
|     who asked not to be identified.   
|     The incentives will come in a combination of cash and promotional 
|     guarantees. Toshiba, for instance, will use the release of “Shrek the 
|     Third” as part of an HD DVD marketing campaign.  
|     Paramount and DreamWorks Animation declined to comment. Microsoft, the 
|     most prominent technology company supporting HD DVDs, said it could not 
|                                                                   ^^^^^^^^^
|     rule out payment but said it wrote no checks. “We provided no financial
|     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^     
|     incentives to Paramount or DreamWorks whatsoever,” said Amir Majidimehr, 
|     the head of Microsoft’s consumer media technology group.    


Microsoft fights for the life of HD DVD as Blu-ray gains retail support


Microsoft cuts Xbox DVD player to $179

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| Attaching the players to popular game consoles is seen by both camps as a way 
| to get the technology into millions of homes, and pique consumers' interest. 


Is Toshiba Giving Away The Razor [HD DVD] To Get You To Buy The Blades?

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| I just received an e-mail tonight from the folks at the EMA (Electronic 
| Merchant's Association), who are responsible for a big industry event next 
| week, the Home Media Expo.   


Cringely the Unemployable on the fallacy of Web 2.0, Microsoft ruthlessness,
and the CB radio of our decade

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| Davidson: Which software company would you hate to compete against? What 
| makes you single them out? 
| Cringely: Microsoft of course. They have the deepest of pockets, unlimited 
| ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make 
|               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| sure that you don't make any money, either. And they are mean, REALLY mean.  
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Davidson: Why do you think Microsoft is mean? Are you implying some kind of 
| malicious intent rather than just ruthlessness? 
| Cringely: Maybe "mean" is the wrong word to use for Microsoft. "Ruthless" is 
| good. The company is built in the image of Bill Gates and Bill is a guy who 
| gets caught-up in the game of business and doesn't typically see its personal 
| cost. To use what might seem to be an obscure example, just look at all the 
| various partnerships and industry consortia that Microsoft has announced 
| through the years that never produced a product or even a usable 
| specification. There have been literally dozens of these operations that are 
| intended solely to freeze the competition until Microsoft can figure what the 
| heck it actually wants to do. To Microsoft its a PR exercise that helps them 
| compete but to customers it is just a damned lie. That's ruthless. There are 
| plenty of other examples I can give but you get the point. I represent the 
| concerns of users, not vendors, and Microsoft doesn't really care about 
| users.            


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