Ian wrote:Yep, they were paid off. Paramount got $50 million and Dreamworks $100 million.
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/d ... ormat-war/I've learned there will be two new developments announced later this week today in the ongoing Blu-ray vs HD-DVD format war: separate HD-DVD deals with Paramount and DreamWorks Animation that involve major millions of dollars. I've got a confidential report from Pali Research managing director Richard S. Greenfield, a media analyst for entertainment and cable, that discussed the deals (see below), spinning them as "the format war is now set to intensify". But sources have given me updated details which show the HD-DVD side is paying through the nose -- I'm told $50 million to Paramount, and $100 million to DreamWorks Animation -- to try to show the strength of what we all know is a dying format.
Even with that amount of money, it still seems like a silly decision to me.
Not really a silly decision. Paramount would have a difficult time making that kind of coin this early in the high-def war by staying format-neutral and turning down the bribe.