Universal Preps Online HD DVD Features

August 30, 2007

HD DVD Web Features

Browsing my usual run of sites yesterday I ran across something from Universal Studios that could pan out to be quite interesting. As many of you have known for sometime now, certain upcoming HD DVD titles will incorporate web enabled features above and beyond the once its printed, it’s done model of DVD extras and trailers we’ve all grown accustomed to.

Granted Universal’s first web-enabled offerings (a few low-res trailers and a few additional freebies incorporated into the upcoming Heroes HD DVD) aren’t all that noteworthy today but it’s not about today, it’s about tomorrow. We’re probably looking at the beginning of something that will change the way we watch movies and potentially the way we view home entertainment in general. These web-enabled discs have the ability to offer evergreen content that continually updates and evolves with our tastes and preferences.

Universal’s ‘Home Entertainment Hi Def’ site allows users to register and then associate that username with their HD DVD player. In theory, at least, one could customize what’s downloaded to the player based on their own preferences. Will this be the feature that finally pushes acceptance of either hi-def disc format to the masses? In all honesty I doubt it, but its cumulative effect could play a part toward that eventuality.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD


Comments

  • Dave

    Very cool!

    I’m signed up–but there’s no indication of when this feature might be activated.

  • Dave

    Very cool!

    I’m signed up–but there’s no indication of when this feature might be activated.

  • Bill Allen

    It is seeming more and more like HDDVD is winning the format war. So far in my trials I have come to enjoy the Toshiba HD-XA2 better than most other players and with the new features coming available I am not looking to change it out any time soon.

  • Bill Allen

    It is seeming more and more like HDDVD is winning the format war. So far in my trials I have come to enjoy the Toshiba HD-XA2 better than most other players and with the new features coming available I am not looking to change it out any time soon.