Does Microsoft want HD-DVD to fail?

On his website…, director Michael Bay writes that:

Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads.

Does he have a point? Maybe. But I’d be more convinced if there was any evidence to suggest that people were actually using their computers to watch TV. Most people I know certainly don’t, so why would there be a push to watch films there? As I’ve mentioned many times before, I do think there is a definite need for decent, DRM-free downloads (which is why I think Amazon Unbox… is a great idea for example) but I think for the foreseeable future the formats will coexist quite happily.

Posted: December 5th, 2007
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