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[News] Blu-ray Gains Momentum at Microsoft's Expense

  • Subject: [News] Blu-ray Gains Momentum at Microsoft's Expense
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 15:36:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Acer backs Blu-ray

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| Acer has thrown its weight behind the Blue-ray Disc to become the fifth 
| big-name computer maker to back the next-gen optical disc format. It's 
| launched a BD-equipped media centre PC to affirm its intentions.  


Sony breaks out 'mass market' Blu-ray players

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| Both models also support a wide variety of formats and media, including the 
| still centrally important CD. 



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 
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|     rule out payment but said it wrote no checks. “We provided no financial
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|     incentives to Paramount or DreamWorks whatsoever,” said Amir Majidimehr, 
|     the head of Microsoft’s consumer media technology group.    


Classic SCO/Baystar scenario. They probably use a proxy to pay incentives.

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