“Microsoft is deliberately feeding into the HD disc format wars to ensure that its own downloads succeed where physical copies fail, says movie director Michael Bay in a response to a question posed through his official forums. The producer contends that Microsoft is writing “$100 million dollar checks” to movie studios to ensure HD DVD exclusives that hurt the overall market regardless of the format’s actual merit or its popularity, preventing any one format from gaining a clear upper hand. Bay’s own Transformers is available on disc only in the less popular HD DVD format despite his stated preference for Blu-ray. To the director, this is primarily a stalling tactic while Microsoft refines its own online-only technology,” Electronista reports.
“‘What you don’t understand is corporate politics,’ he says in the response,” Electronista reports. “‘Microsoft [officials] want both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads.'”
More in the full article, including link to Bay’s post in which he describes Blu-ray as the “leading, superior” format, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]