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[News] [Rival] More Uncertainty in Format War Microsoft Fuels (or Loses)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] More Uncertainty in Format War Microsoft Fuels (or Loses)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 09:19:36 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Warner Bros. Picks Blu-Ray Over HD-DVD

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| Warner Bros. Entertainment said Friday it will release movie discs only in 
| the Blu-ray format, becoming the latest studio to reject the rival HD DVD 
| technology and further complicating the high-definition landscape for 
| consumers.   


See Microsoft role in this (below).


Giz Explainer: Why DVD Is Still the Best Video Format

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| DRM Sucks: Thanks to DVD Jon's DeCSS hacks and programs like Handbrake, 
| ripping a DVD is as easy as ripping a CD. Not so with HD discs, which can 
| sometimes be ripped with difficulty, but take gigs to store, anyhow.  
| Not Too Big: The 480 lines of res on a DVD is not so far off that it's time 
| consuming to convert a ripped DVD into a version that fits on a portable 
| media player, or can be shared with a friend.  


No Winner In Blu-ray, HD DVD Battle

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| Both rival formats seeking to become the high-definition successor to the DVD 
| have attracted consumers, and while Blu-ray Disc leads HD DVD, the race is 
| far from over.  
| [...]
| "That is the dirty secret no one is talking about," said Bay, director of the 
| recent hit film "Transformers." "They want confusion in the market until they 
| perfect the digital downloads." Microsoft sells HD movie and TV show 
| downloads to its video game consoles through its Xbox Live Marketplace.    


Director: Microsoft fueling HD wars

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| Microsoft is deliberately feeding into the HD disc format wars to ensure that 
| its own downloads succeed where physical copies fail, says movie director 
| Michael Bay in a response to a question posed through his official forums. 
| The producer contends that Microsoft is writing "$100 million dollar checks" 
| to movie studios to ensure HD DVD exclusives that hurt the overall market 
| regardless of the format's actual merit or its popularity, preventing any one 
| format from gaining a clear upper hand. Bay's own Transformers is available 
| on disc only in the less popular HD DVD format despite his stated preference 
| for Blu-ray. To the director, this is primarily a stalling tactic while 
| Microsoft refines its own online-only technology.         


Sony claims Blu-ray has over 95% of Australian HD market

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| A Sony commissioned report released today claims the Blu-ray disc format had 
| a 95.2% market share for home entertainment hardware and software in October 
| 2007 while the HD-DVD format held just the remaining 4.8% share.  


ISO Ballot for PDF 1.7 Passed!

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| Adobe has received word that the Ballot for approval of PDF 1.7 to become the 
| ISO 32000 Standard (DIS) has passed by a vote of 13::1. 


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.    


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.   


Tosh to tempt laptop buyers with free HD DVDs

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| Buy it and the company will send you the discs - worth £75, it said.


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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| "Let me be clear, ladies and gentlemen, there is one company that will
| have to change its illegal behavior as a result of this ruling, and
| that is Microsoft," Kroes said at a news conference.


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft buying it's way into OOXML ISO certification?

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| It appears that Microsoft is just buying the OOXML ISO certification!


Ecuador Tax Agency Closes Microsoft Branch Offices For 7 Days

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| "We have twice requested balances, payment reports and complete tax 
| information, but the company hasn't given it to us, so in accordance with our 
| laws we have proceeded with the closure," the SRI official in charge of the 
| proceeding said.   


Microsoft Office raid in Hungary

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| "Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from 
| the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority 
| known as the GVH."


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