Microsoft's Kevin Collins on HTF
following is a complete transcript of the on-line chat on the
subject of HD-DVD with Microsoft's Kevin Collins, held on Monday,
January 15th on The
Home Theater Forum. Thanks to Ron Epstein, Parker Clack,
Robert Crawford and everyone at HTF for all their hard work, and for
providing the transcript for all to read. Enjoy!
Home Theater Forum
Subject: Live Chat with Kevin Collins
Date: Monday, July 15, 2007
[RonEpstein] Good Evening everyone. Thanks for taking time out to
be with us this evening. Joining us is Kevin Collins, Director of HD
DVD Evangelism at Microsoft.
[RonEpstein] Hello Kevin....
[kevincol] hello. How many people made it to CES?
[ParkerClack] We didn't make it out to CES this year.
[RonEpstein] Kevin, both Parker and I were out at Cedia last year
and had the opportunity to visit the HD-DVD experience on wheels.
Are you still involved with that?
[kevincol] Yes, I have been doing press activities with the HD DVD
[RonEpstein] What are some of the upcoming dates and locations for
the HD-DVD experience?
[kevincol] We have been to 13 cities thus far. The HD DVD Promotion
Group is deciding where the HD DVD Mobile Experience will go next.
Right now it is schedule to be in Miami at the SuperBowl. It was
very successfull in driving awarness around HD DVD.
[RonEpstein] Excellent timing! I am sure you guys will be a huge
hit down there.
[kevincol] Well, the Superbowl is one of the premier events that is
done in HD, so much of the audience is aware of that. We hope to
illustrate how those attendees can take best advantage of their HDTV
at home with HDDVD
[RonEpstein] I am going to open the floor to questions if anyone
here is interested in asking a question.
[Yumbo] When/can the 360 be upgraded for VGA picture, and audio
greater than standard 5.1?
[kevincol] The XBox 360 can do 1080P output over VGA today with the
latest firmware upgrade. That upgrade can occur over XBox live or
the XBox.COM site to make an ISO image.
[Yumbo] does that firmware correct the known VGA issues?
[kevincol] The Xbox 360, if not using AACS protected content, can
also output 1080p over component. Otherwise AACS restricts component
to 1080i. However, when going to a 1080P display, that is pretty
much irrlevant. The XBox 360 HD DVD update addresses issues up
through the end of November. There will be another update coming out
in the near future.
[Yumbo] great...am the only HD DVD retailer in Fiji, via the 360.
[kevincol] Glad to see you are supporting HD DVD there. I have been
to Fiji before to do scuba diving and enjoyed my time there!
[Yumbo] Cool, just did snorkling in Modriki where Cast Away was
shot - fish and coral right on the beach. Do you know if that HD
Scape Sea disc has decent shots of Fiji coral?
[kevincol] My copy of HD Scape Sea is still on back order from
Amazon.COM and I do not get check discs from that content provider.
[kevincol] I have every shipping copy of HD DVD and some more... :)
[Yumbo] have ordered the sampler. HD DVD sound on 360 - any planned
updates for that to Plus or TrueHD?
[kevincol] Well, the XBox 360 HD DVD player decodes both Dobly
Digital Plus and Dolby True HD as those are both required to be
decoded by the HD DVD video specification. However, in order to
transport either of those codecs would require a HDMI connector
[Yumbo] so, any plans for HDMI?
[kevincol] The XBox team is closely monitoring customer requests to
determine if there will be HDMI in the future of Xbox.
[Cees_Alons] Hello Kevin. Great to have you here. HD DVD has had a
great launch, generally speaking, as compared to its rival format.
In what way, in your opinion, was that launch facilitated by
characteristics of the format itself? Or its specifications? Or was
it mainly (or solely) due to the efforts and great quality of the
products of the supporting studios?
[kevincol] there are a number of things that make HD DVD unique. I
believe the format was sucsseful because: 1) The discs can used
existing replicators, thus a larger perecentage of content producers
can produce content on a wide variety of disc formats at a very
affordable cost. 2) The interactivity hardware features are only
guaranteed on HD DVD players. They are not optional. For instance,
great titles like Batman Begins, Harry Potter IV, V For Vendetta,
Tokyo Drift and Miami Vice only have this next level of
interactivity like PIP, graphics and additional sound. It's those
new features that take HD DVD beyond what DVD could ever offer and
those features are only shipping on HD DVD because HD DVD is the
only format to have the necessary hardware on all players.
[kevincol] I also think that the studios wound up using an advanced
video codec for HD DVD, vs MPEG-2 and that really helped cement that
HD DVD has great picture quality. I know my first experience with
Fifth Element was very disheartening vs great picture quality titles
like Casablanca, Batman Begins, and The Hulk. If you have not had
the opportunity to see Casablanca or The Hulk on HD DVD, I highly
encourage you to check those two out.
[Cees_Alons] Thanks Kevin. (Have almost all titles you mentioned)
[DaveMoritz] Hello Kevin,First I would like to welcome you to Home
Theater Forum and thank you for being involved in this chat on
HD-DVD.I would like to know if the HD-DVD players will decode DTS-HD
anytime soon especially for people who will not be buying new
receivers with HDMI 1.3. And are there any plans to offer HD-DVD
titles using DTS-HD this year?
[kevincol] DTS HD is decoded in HD DVD today. I think you are
referring to DTS HD MA (Master Audio). DTS HD MA is an optional
codec for HD DVD. The HD DVD titles that are being shipped by Studio
Canal in Europe have DTS HD MA in them but I am not currently aware
of any manufacturor that is including it to be decoded in a HD DVD
Player at this point in time. Thus the best sound coming out would
be DTS HD with those European HD DVD titles. DTS HD MA is the
lossless audio codec, basically the same as Dolby True HD. Since
both are losslees audio codeds, there is no difference between then
in terms of sound quality
[AaronSchneiderman] Hi Kevin. Thanks for taking the time to answer
a few questions. I am not sure you have an answer for this but I was
wondering if we expect any news on the software front soon?
Announced titles have been light for quite some time.
[kevincol] Hi Aaron, glad to be here. Can you be more specific on
the software you are referring to? Are you referring to movies or to
something elese? If you are referring to HD DVD titles coming out,
then there is some good news that was discussed at CES from the HD
DVD promotion group
[AaronSchneiderman] Specifically additional studio support...I
guess if that was happening we would have heard something at CES.
[kevincol] For instance, the Matrix trilogy will be coming out this
year from WHV, Star Trek will be exclusive to HD DVD this year,
Babel and The Good Shepherd. All in all there will be over 600 HD
DVD titles by EOY.
[RonEpstein] That's pretty incredible!
[kevincol] Also, don't forget that HD DVD does NOT have region
control, so you can get really good titles from Japan and Europe and
play them on your HD DVD player in the US. For instance, The Rambo
series is out from Studio Canal in Europe along with Basic Instinct.
In the US, these are BD titles.
[AaronSchneiderman] How long will that last? Is regional coding
[RonEpstein] Kevin, the studios really haven't ramped up efforts to
put region control preventives in place?
[kevincol] Region coding has been discussed in the DVD Forum
Steering Committe, but nothing is currently being done about it. It
is in an investigation phase. There are 20 companines on the DVD
Forum Steering committe and many oppose region coding. Also, there
is no way to back retrofit the existing HD DVD players to enforce
region coding. So, this is another advantage of HD DVD over the
[DaveMoritz] There seems to be a low number of lossless titles for
HD-DVD while Blu-ray has been offering a constant flow of lossless
titles. I honestly feel that HD-DVD needs to start offering a lot
more lossless titles to compete. Do you know if we will be seeing a
lot more lossless titles coming out this year?
[kevincol] Well, I assume that you are referring to lossless on BD
as PCM uncompressed audio vs Dolby True HD.
[DaveMoritz] Dolby True HD
[kevincol] Warner looks many times at how good the original sound
track is to determine what type of audio they will provide.
Universal has been hearing customer feedback and has stated that
they intend to do Dolby True HD in future titles. So, I expect to
see more Dolby True HD titles coming out. SPE has been the primary
BD company doing uncompressed audio. Others have been doing some DTS
HD MA, but keep in mind that until you have a BD player that is HDMI
v1.3 compliant and purchase a new Pre/Pro or AVR that also has HDMI
v1.3 and at DTS HD MA decoder that you can't enjoy that sound. Why
exactly more WHV titles have not continued to come out in Dolby True
HD is something that we would need to ask directly of WHV. They have
about 15 out now.
[BrettGallman] When you mentioned Star Trek earlier, were you
referring to the feature films or the TV series only?
[kevincol] It is my understanding from the HD DVD group that it
will be the feature films
[Yumbo] Please convey to 360 team that HDMI will do wonders for
uptake and that PS3 will have a hard time in our non-region markets.
[kevincol] I will pass that on to them. I see them alot... they are
always interested in customer feedback.
[Yumbo] intended question was for new movie releases from
Universal. Is there a feedback channel for titles?
[kevincol] If you are referring to requests for new HD DVD titles
from Universal, I can find out if there is a specific email address
to be able to send requests.
[kevincol] They have alot of cool HD DVD titles coming out in 2007!
However, I am particularly anxious to be getting The Matrix from
[Yumbo] what are the international plans like, specifically
Australia? Are you linked to them? or just USA?
[kevincol] I am not aware, nor have I worked with the distributors
in Australia. I primarly work with the US content providers, then
European and then Japanese. However, you can have all the ones that
we have here in Europe, Japan and Europe! :)
[Yumbo] is pricing strictly a studio thing?
[kevincol] Pricing for HD DVD titles is strictly controlled by the
studios, however, many stores in the US have less then MSRP. For
instance, Fry's (a US West coast retailer) sells many HD DVD titles
for $19.99 USD. Costco.com sell many for $19.99 USD also Fry's on
certain Friday's has some titles for $14.99.
[Cees_Alons] Kevin, I live in Amsterdam (Europe) and next to more
than 50 HD DVD titles from the US, I bought Harry Potter from here.
I was happy I could play it on the imported Toshiba player. Now my
question is: will HD DVD generally be the same format across former
region boundaries (e.g. NOT 50 fps + audio speed-up in PAL-country),
I'm happy with what you already said about the region coding. (and
second: as far as you know will HP come to HD DVD in the States too?
[kevincol] The Studio Canal HD DVD titles are all done at 24FPS,
since all the HD TV's that are being sold in Europe support
60hz/FPS. The main difference between US HD DVD titles and European
HD DVD tiltes will be the available language tracks. The HP IV title
that is only available locally in the UK is the same title that will
be in the US. For instance, you can see the FBI warning on it, which
is a clear indicator that it was the US title.
[Cees_Alons] I see. There are some rumours that speedup was found
on some titles. Is that true (except TV series)?
[kevincol] Keep in mind that a European content provider can do
25FPS, but that then means they have to deal with the audio issues.
Microsoft is hoping that other European HD DVD content providers
will stick with 24FPS for film based content. All Studio Canal HD
DVD titles in Europe are 24FPS.
[kevincol] Harry Potter was announced for the states at the HD DVD
PRG press event at CES. Since I have the UK version, I always think
that it is available! :) BTW, the PQ on HP IV is incredible!
[ChrisS] What are Microsoft thoughts on Warner's new Total HD
[kevincol] From a HD DVD perspective, we are very excited about the
potential of THD. Assuming it is price competitive, we only see
upside for HD DVD with THD. For instance, if you have a THD disc in
your hand and have not bought a player yet, wouldn't you get the one
that is $499 vs the one that is $999? We think that disc will help
highlight the cost advantages. Also, if you look at existing HD DVD
titles from WHV that are also on BD, you will see some big
differences, for instance -- Dolby Digital Plus vs Dolby Digital,
Zoom, title timeline and bookmarking. These are on HD DVD because of
the hardware support for those features that are not mandatory on BD
[ChrisS] Are you afraid of any metric loss in relation to units
sold? I.e. Hard to tell which format might be selling better?
[kevincol] I think that if THD goes to a wide number of studios
attach rate will be determined by player sales and how those discs
are driving players sales to determine which side of the disc the
consumer is playing. Right now the $499 second gen TSB players and
the $199 XBox 360 HD DVD drive are selling like hot cakes.
[Cees_Alons] Kevin, can I put the famous (or infamous) 51 Gb
question... is it true? Will it arrive soon? Would it become part of
the HD DVD specs?
[kevincol] The DVD Forum has a number of WG's (working groups) that
focus on different areas. WG-1 was the working group that I worked
and continue to work on in regards to the HD DVD-Video
specification. There is another WG that I do not participate on that
is currently looking at 45gb HD DVD discs and that is progressing.
TSB found a way to do 17gb layers and will introduce that technology
into the DVD Forum WG to study it and determine if it can become and
official specification for HD DVD. At this point it has not yet been
introduced to the WG, so outside of what was announced at the HD DVD
Press Event, I don't have any further data. The TCG (Technical
Coordinating Group) is meeting this week in Japan. I am not
attending as I am on vacation (can't you tell:)). I expect some
discussion around the 51gb format to continue at the TCG this week
in Tokyo. My colleague is currently there.
[Efrain_Lopez] My question is in regards to the Weinstein titles.
Do you have an update on the problems and potential fix from either
the disc or hardware side?
[kevincol] I have been on some email threads with TWC and I have
heard that they plan on addressing the issues that are there for
loading times, etc. I do not have the final plans on if they have
determined what has happened to cause that though.
[ParkerClack] Will the new Microsoft stand alone HD DVD player work
on a HTPC via USB without a bunch of new software/hardware upgrades?
[kevincol] In regards to the XBox HD DVD drive working in a PC....
there have been many reports on the Internet that this does work.
And I have played with it my self with my TSB Quosmio NB and was
able to get it to work. However, due to the requirements of a HTPC
and the software to play it back, Microsoft is not officially
supporting the XBox HD DVD drive to work in a HTPC. It was thoroghly
tested to work only with a XBox 360 console unit.
[DaveMoritz] This is about the 51 gig disc to but is aimed at the
hardware side of it. I realize that the new triple layer 51 gig
discs will most likely not be out until the end of the year. But
will these new discs play in existing HD-DVD players? And if not
will there be a firmware update that will allow the players to play
the 51gig discs?
[kevincol] That is a great question and currently there is not a
known answer until it is vetted through the WG that is currently
investigating 45gb HD DVD.
[Yumbo] What is your take on the different resolutions?
[kevincol] All HD DVD movies titles are encoded at 1080P/24FPS.
Obviously 1080 has twice the pixels of 720, so the picture on a
1080P display will look better. In regards to 1080i vs 1080p output,
since all HD DVD movie titles are encode at 1080P/24FPS. There is no
discernable difference on a player that outputs 1080i vs 1080p to a
1080P display. This is best illustrated on the HD DVD Mobile
Experience were we have the Marantz 1080P PJ using the first Gen TSB
HD DVD player at 1080i. I also added in a DVDO VP50 to output 48FPS
to the Marantz. Ron, I beleive, saw this on the HD DVD mobile
experience when it was in Seattle. I am a very picky HT enthusiast
and the picture in the HD DVD mobile experience is the best I have
[Yumbo] more feedback - the warner promo on discs uses a terrible
looking Matrix clip. The Universal multi studio one on Universal
DVDs is great
[kevincol] I believe that WHV is planning on revamping their
[Cees_Alons] For me, personally, some of the more awkward aspects
of the BD+ specs dimmed my original enthusiasm for BD. Is there ever
any chance (risk) that the more gruesome ones will be incorporated
in the HD DVD spec too (e.g. "license revocation")?
[kevincol] The DVD Forum evaluated the technology used in BD+. It
comes from another third party. That technology was rejected by the
DVD Forum, so there is little to no chance that something like it
would come into HD DVD. However, keep in mind that copy protection
in HD DVD is solely done from AACS, a completely seperate
orginization from the DVD Forum.
[Cees_Alons] Of course none of us is planning illegal activities,
but a functionality like that could also be involed by a plain
error. Which would be a nuissance, to say the least.
[kevincol] AACS also evaluated the technology in BD+ and did not
feel that it added any benefit to the AACS feature set.
[Efrain_Lopez] Image and Eaglerock have titles out on HD DVD, but
so far there hasn't been anything from pledged studios Magnolia
(which announced titles for May '06) and BCI/Brentwood (titles
announced for Sept. 06). Do you have an update with regards to
independent studios/distributers and their work on HD DVD?
[kevincol] There is a a Magnolia title coming out on HD DVD. The
title name escapes me at this very moment, but I saw it on display
at CES. Let me try to remember what that title was. Maybe it was the
Enron title that I saw a CES for HD DVD.
[Efrain_Lopez] Architect was announced for simultaneous
BD/HDDVD/DVD/theatre release (dec. 5th 2006 release), but they
announced about 5-10 titles last year (including Enron, but never
[kevincol] there are alot of content providers that are evaluating
HD DVD and the great economics behind it. However, I cannot talk
about additional studios that might be coming on to also support HD
DVD at this time. The HD DVD PRG is working very hard on this and I
belive that we will see some good news moving forward for additional
studio support. Keep in mind that as of today, there are still more
HD DVD titles availalbe in the US then BD titles.
[Efrain_Lopez] I'm happy with the independent/Bandai/porn support
coming though, thanks.
[kevincol] 154 HD DVD titles can be bought in the US today vs 136
[kevincol] a great site to check this is:
[Yumbo] With the apparent AACs workaround in the last month, will
we be affected on certain titles being prevented with future
playback? It's preventing me purchasing some titles.
[kevincol] AACS was designed from the beginning to be recoverable
and renewable. While I have not seen an official response from AACS,
they are still investigating this, it appears that a software player
was able to get a key from a HD DVD title. This was not a hack of
AACS, but a breach of a player. with software players, regardless if
they are HD DVD or BD, AACS requires that they have their key
renewed every 90 days. In this instance, if the software player was
breached, the key will have to be renewed and that would be when the
player is corrected. However, I don't have the specifics on this.
Where ever there is a problem, AACS can recover and renew to keep
moving forward. If anything, this is or will be a good test of those
capabilities of AACS.
[Yumbo] so I can play my discs safely?
[kevincol] yes, you can play all your HD DVD discs safely
[DaveMoritz] Other than Onkyo do you know of any other companies
that will be offering HD-DVD players this year? I currently own a
Toshiba HD-A1 and am looking forward to upgrading it to a HDMI 1.3
player using better components and one that is a higher end piece of
equipment and one that boots up quicker as well. I have been happy
with my HD-DVD player so far but am thinking of the future and going
beyond 5.1 audio.
[kevincol] Meridian announced at CES for HD DVD. There are others
that will announce, I just can't say them here. There were alot of
deals done at CES... :)
[ChrisS] Amazon.com sales statistics are commonly batted about when
discussing software sales numbers. Are you familiar with these
statistics and how close do you believe they accurately represent
the entire HD buying market?
[kevincol] The aggregated data from
http://www.eproductwars.com/dvd/, which is Amazon.COM data is an
important part of the overall picture. It does not, obivously,
represent retail data, which is also important.
[ChrisS] would you say its relatively close?
[kevincol] One needs to have data from both retail and online. So,
while Amazon.com is not 100% representative of the total market, it
is an important indicator.
[Efrain_Lopez] Hi again, will the HD DVD North American Group
expand beyond the current companies, or are there plans to expand
marketing this year?
[kevincol] the HD DVD PRG NA is expanding. We are working on an
additional tier and will be announcing new member companies in that
[Yumbo] What is your take on DVD COMBO titles? Is it possible to
have 2 disc releases instead of double sided ones?
[kevincol] It is up to the content providers to determine how they
want to release their discs. For instance, Paramount has done three
releases in two disc sets (Reds, MI:3 and World Trade Center), but
WHV and Universal have stuck to combo discs for the majority of day
and date titles.
[Yumbo] A significant number of buyers prefer double sided discs -
or will there be a hybrid single sided version soon ala SACD? Or
will they become moot with THD?
[kevincol] at this time, the studios are still evaluating what
consumers prefer the most. there are alot of consumers that like the
HD DVD Combo discs and then there are others that don't. The studios
are gathering all those stats and right now evaluating all the data
from consumers. Also, right now the marketplace is largely early
adopters and what is important to early adopters might not be as
important or more important to the general public. So the verdict is
still out on what the content provider will utlimately do.
[RAF] Hi Kevin. Getting back to the audio codec question. I
currently have an XA-1 running to HDMI 1.1 on my Denon 3806. I'm
listening to lossless now but you said that you need HDMI 1.3 to get
full audio benefit.If the player does the decoding then why?
[kevincol] I need to clarify then. HD DVD decodes DD+ and DTHD in
the player. this is a guaranteed feature that allows for mixing in
the player and PIP to be decoded and mixed at the lossless audio
state and then output as PCM.
[kevincol] However, if you are going to use a optional codec, like
DTS HD MA, then you would need to have a HDMI v1.3 at the player and
the AVR - Pre/Pro and the appropriate decoder there. Also you would
not be able to mix dual video streams (i.e. PIP) as that can only
occur at the player. This is one of the biggest audio advantages
that HD DVD offers over any other format.
[RAF] So I'm O.K. for DD+ and DTHD but not for "future"
codecs. Which are these?
[kevincol] there are no "future" codecs. There are three
that can be played (LPCM, DTS HD, DTS HD, DD+ and DTHD). Anything
else would require a change to the HD DVD-Video specification.
[RAF] Thanks for clarifying this. My current pre/pro is an
intermediary and within a year or two I should have 1.3 at both
[kevincol] I am using the Anthem D2 as my new Pre/Pro and I have no
need to be upgrading it... :)
[DaveMoritz] One of the things that Fox has done with there BR
packaging is to give the video codex information with the bit rate
information and if it's a single layer or dual layer disc. Is this
kind of information something that might be included on future
HD-DVD titles? While it is not vital it is just nice information to
have on the back of the case.
[kevincol] that's a great question.... I have seen that also and
thought it was useful. I have also spoke with WHV and Universal
about it. I will forward this request to them also as I personally
think it is a benefit for the consumer to know what video codec was
used. For instance one might have second thoughts with a MPEG-2
encoded title over an AVC or VC-1 encoded title.
[Cees_Alons] Kevin, You mentioned limitations of HD DVD playback on
a PC (in relation to the XBox add-on). What can we expect from the
HD DVD format on our PC's? Mainly data discs?
[kevincol] Well, if you have the proper GPU and CPU, there is no
reason why a PC can't be a great playback mechanism for HD DVD. TSB,
HP, Niveus, Samsung, Gateway, Asus, Acer and other all do HD DVD
player back on their PC's or NB's. I have the TSB and Acer NB for HD
DVD play back and they all do a great job.
[kevincol] i have always been a fan of HTPC playback as I can
control my refresh rate/ FPS. I have always played DVD's back via a
HTPC at 72hz/FPS for my Sony G70. I also use my TSB NB for playback
to my Sony G70. However, I just moved to a new house and am building
a new HT and will probably go with the Maratnz PJ.
[AaronSchneiderman] Are there any hard numbers on actual player
sales X-Box add on and stand alones?
[kevincol] As of the end of 2006, there were 175K HD DVD Players
SOLD, not shipped, but sold. That is all TSB HD DVD players and XBox
HD DVD drives
[AaronSchneiderman] Do we have any indication of BD's success?
[kevincol] This is the third CES that BD has declared that they
have won and that HD DVD is dead. I find that quite amusing. HD DVD
has the cheapest players, the most titles currently shipping, the
most interactive fetures, players that have the most hardware
features (i.e. networking, memory and secondary video decoder), the
costs to replicat the disc are substantially cheaper and can be done
by more then just one replicator, but HD DVD is supposedly dead.
Everything that I see shows HD DVD still winning.
[Yumbo] is there promotional we as retailers can use?
[kevincol] The HD DVD PRG NA marketing committe is looking at discs
and collateral to provider to retailers to do HD DVD advertising. As
of right now, there is not anything publicly available. I am on the
HD DVD PRG NA marketing committe and will bring your request back
[kevincol] Questions for all of you as follows....
[kevincol] I would like to know how many people have a 1st gen TSB
HD DVD player, 2nd gen HD DVD player, Xbox 360 HD DVD drive or a HD
[RonEpstein] HD-A1 for me
[ChrisS] 1st gen TSB player
[Yumbo] 360 x2
[Efrain_Lopez] I have and HD-A1.
[DaveMoritz] HD-A1 here
[AaronSchneiderman] HD-A1 x 2
[RAF] XA-1 and Xbox360 HD add on
[ParkerClack] I am going to be buying an HD DVD drive for my HTPC
at some point.
[kevincol] and then I would like to know the count of HD DVD titles
that everyone has
[ChrisS] 12 titles
[RonEpstein] 20 HD-DVD titles
[DaveMoritz] 37 HD-DVD Titles
[AaronSchneiderman] 118 HD DVD titles
[Gary] HD A1, 38 titles
[Cees_Alons] Toshiba HD-A1 counting my HD DVDs....
[Efrain_Lopez] 40+ titles
[Yumbo] 20 titles in 2 months
[RAF] 30 HD-DVD titles and 15 Blu-ray (PS3 player)
[Cees_Alons] 53 HD DVDs, 3 BDs (but no player - yet?)
[kevincol] and the last question would be how many people also own
any type of BD player?
[RonEpstein] No Blu-Ray
[AaronSchneiderman] PS3 60G just purchased friday
[Yumbo] NO PLANS FOR BD
[ChrisS] PS3 owner
[DaveMoritz] Currently saving for a Panasonic
[Efrain_Lopez] No Blu-ray (and no plans)
[DaveMoritz] 13 BR Titles so far, 37 HD-DVD
[kevincol] excellent!!! Thanks for the feedback.
[RonEpstein] Okay, the two final questions for this evening....
[Gary] Hi Kevin, thank you for your time. Can we read anything in
to Universal's relative silence on titles at CES?
[kevincol] Universal announced "The Good Shepherd" and "Babel"
They have a slew of titles that will be coming out in 2007.
[Bits Editor's Note - Babel
is a Paramount title, coming on 2/20 on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray
[Gary] I think we were expefting a lot more!
[kevincol] I have seen the list and it is very impressive, so there
is nothing bad going on with Universal. you will be happy with what
will happen in 2007! :)
[Gary] Very cool. Any word on Jaws?
[kevincol] I have not seen Jaws being tossed around for 2007, but
even the information that I have changes on a month to month basis.
[Yumbo] just a reminder: don't forget the Universal title request
feedback contact please! firstname.lastname@example.org or post on HTF, thanks!
[RonEpstein] Parker and I would like to take this opportunity to
thank Kevin Collins for his time this evening.
[kevincol] it was a pleasure speaking with fellow HT enthusiasts!
[ParkerClack] We also thank Kevin's wife for putting up with this
chat while at the same time moving into a new home.
[Cees_Alons] With HD one feels like in 1997 when DVD first came to
our homes: it's an exciting experience once again. Many thanks to
your company, your group and you yourself for participating in that
development. Thank you, Kevin, for being here!
[kevincol] you are very welcome!
[RonEpstein] You guys can find more great information at:
[RAF] See you again in the 18 wheeler at CEDIA 2007, Kevin. Thanks
[RonEpstein] We will see you in Denver in September!
[Efrain_Lopez] Thanks, I'll continue to buy HD DVD titles for the
time being. Good luck in 2007 with your tour. Hopefully the
18-wheeler promotion continues strong, I know it's gets buzz going
in the media.
Session Close: Mon Jan 15 22:00:59 2007
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