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Submission + - The Secret Death of Microsoft's Xbox 360 ( 6

OMG writes: Throughout 2007, the media consistently reported leading sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360, dismal figures for Sony's struggling PlayStation 3, and celebrated the long shot Nintendo Wii as a possible contender in game consoles. This portrayal of the video game market in 2007 was grossly misleading, and NPD has the figures to demonstrate why. Microsoft's efforts to stuff the channel and strip the Xbox 360 of features to hit low price targets worked in the short term, but have since backfired, killing its HD-DVD format, leaving Xbox Live downloads an unattractive niche service with insignificant market share, preventing the Xbox from exercising any leverage to push the Zune, and allowing Microsoft's new console sales to plummet by over 33% year over year in 2007. On top of that, 7.7 million units — more than a year's supply — have gone unaccounted for, either put out of commission in as warranty lemons or sitting in warehouses. Despite all this, hardly anyone is saying a word about it, except for: Video Game Consoles 2007: Wii, PS3 and the Death of Microsoft's Xbox 360

Submission + - Paramount/Dreamworks Drops Blu-Ray (

Jthon writes: Today Paramount and Dreamworks have announced that they will be exclusively supporting the HD-DVD format and future titles will not be released on Blu-Ray. This came as a surprise to many in the industry as Blu-Ray had been outselling HD-DVD 2 to 1 for the first half of 2007.

Submission + - Paramount to dump Blu-Ray for HD DVD

An anonymous reader writes: Paramount and DreamWorks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD. A press announcement was made this morning by Paramount Home Entertainment indicating that the studio will throw its entire weight behind HD-DVD starting August 28, abandoning Blu-Ray entirely. In plain English, this means that films like "Transformers" and "Shrek The Third" will come only to HD-DVD!

Submission + - Paramount and DreamWorks Drop Blu-ray (

Bazar writes: In unexpected news today, Paramount and DramWorks Animation have announced that both studios will drop their support of the Blu-ray format in the next-generation DVD format war and will now exclusively publish content on HD-DVD. As such, major upcoming home releases of titles like Blades of Glory, Transformers, and Shrek the Third will be available in HD solely on HD-DVD. Paramount subsidiary MTV Films is also included in the deal.

Submission + - Paramount picks HD DVD over Blu-ray

WebHostingGuy writes: "From the article reported by MSNBC: Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray. "Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theater and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience," said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. "I believe HD DVD is not only the affordable high-quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.""

Submission + - Paramount, Dreamworks go HD-DVD exclusive (

An anonymous reader writes: Paramount, Dreamworks go HD-DVD exclusive. Animation and film studios will release movies exclusively in HD DVD format, despite higher sales of rival Blu-Ray.

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