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Report: Toshiba Courting Warner to Go HD DVD-Only
September 11, 2007

Having persuaded Paramount and DreamWorks -thanks to a big wad of cash- to flip their hi-def disc allegiance to HD DVD-only, that format’s backer Toshiba is reportedly pushing to make the only remaining dual-format Hollywood studio do the same. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times Monday, Warner Bros. is “mulling over a lucrative offer” to bring its titles out exclusively on HD DVD. The Blu-ray-backing Sony Corp., however, is also courting Warner to switch, the newspaper said. Reports at the time stated that Paramount was paid $100 million (and DreamWorks $50 million) to make the switch to HD DVD-only, but

Warner Hi-Def Guru to Leave
August 27, 2007

Steve Nickerson, Warner Home Video executive who was the company’s point man for high-definition video will soon leave the company, the Hollywood Reporter reported Friday. Nickerson is leaving, that paper said, to “pursue other opportunities that will be announced shortly.” Nickerson held the title of senior vice president for high-definition media at Warner Bros. He had been with the company since 2000. A former employee of Toshiba who played a role in the launch of the original DVD format, Nickerson often spoke at industry events, the Reporter said, in favor of Warners’ dual-format strategy for releasing high-definition discs. However, the Web site

“300” Sets Hi-Def Disc Record
August 10, 2007

The box office hit “300” broke a relatively young record this week, when it sold 250,000 copies between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD in its first week, to become both the highest- and fastest-selling high-definition disc in the history of format, DailyTech.com reported. No breakdown was available of how much of each format the movie sold. In part due to its policy of releasing movies in both formats, the Warner Bros. studio boasts six of the ten highest-grossing hi-def releases, in addition to “300”: The movies “The Departed,” “Superman Returns,” “Batman Begins,” and “Happy Feet,” as well as the complete

Xbox to Be First Gaming System to Offer Video Downloads
November 8, 2006

Microsoft announced a deal Monday to bring over 1,000 hours of television and movies to consumers via the Xbox 360. In celebration of its one year anniversary, the console will now deliver standard and high-definition video downloads. Content participants include CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., Ultimate Fighting Championship and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In addition, NASCAR.com will offer their first download-to-own condensed Nextel Cup Series races.

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is