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.