Warner's TotalHD is on hold indefinitely

Warner’s TotalHD is on hold indefinitely

The dubious dual-format concept developed by Warner Bros. has been put on hold indefinitely. This is not a shock to me as I think it was a bad idea to begin with, but now that Warner Bros. is the only major studio left supporting both formats, the studio is concerned it will be difficult for the market to adopt.

With two new dual-format players coming to the market from Samsung and LG later this year, there seems to be even less demand for a format that will bridge the divide that has made an optical media format more heated than the ongoing political debate of our day. Warner was planning of licensing this format to Paramount, but with their going exclusive to HD DVD, that looks like a long shot. The best they can hope for now is Joe Kane’s Video Essentials.


TotalHD is a disc that bonds an HD DVD to the back of a Blu-ray Disc. Sometimes I can’t tell which side of a DVD flipper has the widescreen and which is fullscreen – I can only imagine the confusion this format would cause.

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Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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