Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

It's not uncommon for fans to question why a certain movie was released on some high definition format and not the other, but Michael Bay's answer was not that common.

On his official forum, Michael Bay was asked why the Transformers movie was released on HD-DVD and not Blu-ray. The famous Hollywood director's answer was that Microsoft is behind a scheme to sabotage both high-definition disc formats.

"What you don't understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads", Michael Bay said. "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. Time will tell and you will see the truth."

Paramount, the studio behind Transformers, and DreamWorks signed an exclusive HD-DVD agreement on 20 August 2007. Several news sources reported that the two studios received $150 million in financial incentives for their commitment to HD-DVD.

Similar allegations were made a month ago by 20th Century Fox's president Mike Dunn at a Blu-ray festival. At the time, Kevin Collins, director in the Microsoft Consumer Media Technology Group, said that "the [Blu-ray] camp's claims about Microsoft's desire to have a format war are baseless. Microsoft has over 100 people working on HD DVD interactivity and we believe that HD DVD is the next-generation optical format."

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Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Well, digital downloads may replace for movies but people still need high capacity discs to backup s**t. Besides, not too many will want to wait for a 40GB high def movie to download, not to mention need to dump it somewhere afterwards. Having a disc is so much easier in this case. As for the guy below, T1 isn't much these days since it's a mere 1.5MBps both ways. You gonna need like a higher end FiOS in order to get your movie download in a reasonable amount of time.

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

If there's no difference like you say then why not just support the larger-capacity blu-ray instead??I can't understand how some stupid and gullible consumers even think of considering supporting hd-dvd. What is it about hd-dvd that attracts you ??? Its s**ttier in all aspects to blu-ray except for its cost, and if you were really genuinely conscious about the cost of next-generation discs then perhaps you should stick to dvds.Anyone who says HD-dvds are just as good or better than blu-rays are getting paid to say that. END OF STORY

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Digital downloads? Ok, fawk that. For one, last I checked 10megaBIT connections are ALL we have at max without paying an arm and a leg to get higher, until they can get those speeds up to at least T100speeds I for one will continue to support disks of any variety as long as their data transfer speeds are well above what ISP's can even handle. Granted if you could have a T1000 line to your house and transfer 70-90meg a second then suuuure I'd switch to digital downloads in a heartbeat, I'm sure everyone that has a lan knows it's a great way to stuff large files into a fileserver, or pull from it, it's fast as hell, and even when emulating a DVD it's still quite a bit faster than the recorded media types.

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Seeing as that you are all idiots, I feel obligated to shed some light on this topic.In what shape or form is HD-DVD even remotely better than Blu-Ray? Blu-Ray is a superior technology - end of story - however slightly pricier. Do any research on this. Second, who seems more "evil?" Microsoft who is openly BUYING OUT corporate support or Blu-Ray who isn't even selling out to the porn industry?I'm sorry - but Michael Bay has a right to b***h. This is his insanely popular movie (I don't care if you hate it or not. Facts are facts.) It is sheer lunacy and bull for it to not be available in both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Microsoft is creating an army of clones digitally implanted into HD-DVD discs...Their master plan is to ensure the widespread use of the HD-DVD format, then when the time is right; they will activate the clones...Every HD-DVD Disc will violenty explode in it's owner's HD player and suddenly morph into a 7ft clone of Bill Gates.Microsoft's World Domination will be assured...Resistance is futile

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Conspiracy is the keyword. Why would MS try to sabotage something they invested MILLIONS into? This "conspiracy" is stupid.As for the format wars, big f-cking deal! The only thing Blu-ray offers is a larger disc format. Quality, and performance is really based upon your TV.What people should be crying about is goddamn EA games buying out Bioware! thats a more f--cking horrific event!And to add, the article says that they work on perfecting digital downloads. Maybe improve it by making files smaller, with great quality? Jeez dont you people read the articles?

Michael Bay 'Reveals' Microsoft's HD-DVD Conspiracy

Well, the problem with Blu-Ray is the disc structure. The format is static, while HD-DVD has signified a dynamic format. You know how everyone wished their DVD player could play DivX movies? HD-DVD players have some (not exactly THAT kind of change though) ability to evolve. Also, Blu-Ray is NOT a superior format, because the superior format is that which can office more storage per dollar, and HD-DVD is superior in that sense, hands down.

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