Hello everyone, welcome to my next blog. This time, i will be going into a recent controversy: The first time Sony has EVER won a format war! Why does nobody look extatic about that? Oh yea....read on....
Putting aside my indifference to HD-DVD and Blu-ray, this gamer believes an era of expensive movies is yet to come. Letting a heavily privatised, heavily commercialised, heavily control-hungry company control how much we pay per movie disk, is a very VERY bad idea. HD-DVD was in the realms of open-source-media, in other words it wasn't really owned by anyone as such, just Toshiba had trumpeted it and tried so sell it...however i don't like Toshiba any more than Sony to be truthful. However, HD-DVD's would have been a cheaper format than Blu-rays by FAR. Following in it's father's footsteps, HD-DVDs would have come down in price with demand, ensuring prices less than £10 per movie eventually. However, i doubt the same can be said for Sony i'm afraid.
While i refuse to start having a rant against Sony's other media, especially their Gaming and Entertainment divisions, i do not see the PS3 as a viable resolution for watching movies in the future. Why, you ask? Well because the prices of 3rd Party Blu-ray devices will by far be lower, if not already are. That's the end of that little slice.
My point here is that Sony is a company looking to exploit customer resources, they aren't, in short, very "kind" to customers. They expected many PS2 owners to fork out for console repairs, which were often required due to the high level of unreliability of the platform, especially in it's early days. They often bodge-job components, such as the recent 11Million Laptop battery recall because Sony managed to allow some of them to be contaminated with Iron Filings. They fail to appreciate the European markets whatsoever, which surprises me more so because one of the CEOs is Welsh... leaving us for 5 months before releasing the PS3, and even then, releasing it as a crippled version of the full thing. Furthermore, later stripping out components from the console and making others cheaper versions of the components, then claiming the new price is a "price drop" on the same console...when it's just a cheaper version in fact. Then again, i expect they realise many of their devout fans won't care, and rather will sit in a couch staring at the black grill-like form wondering "I wonder what this thing does".
It's just the sheer gullability of people, us, the public, these days that REALLY gets on my nerves. Is this really THE company we want in charge of an area of the media we treasure and love so much? Second to gaming? I think not, myself, i speak for all of us who just want an easier, cheaper, competitive friendly ride.
God bless MS with their Digital Movie Downloads on the Xbox 360. Because it looks like that's where i'll be headed for my movie thrills from now on.
*mutters about £30 per movie, then shuts the door behind him*