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National Geographic Goes Blu-ray Exclusive

Posted January 30, 2008 11:47 AM by Josh Dreuth

National GeographicNational Geographic has confirmed that they will only be releasing high definition titles on the Blu-ray format. The decision to go format exclusive comes after Warner Brothers, the company which distributes their content, decided to go Blu-ray exclusive earlier this month. While no official press release will be issued on the subject by National Geographic, all future releases will fall under this new policy.

The first title to fall under this new policy will be the April release of 'Sharkwater' which should get officially announced soon. National Geographic is the latest studio to switch to Blu-ray exclusivity, and the third to do so under the Warner umbrella (joining ranks with New Line and HBO). The only Warner holdout left is BBC, who remains format neutral and will continue to release on both formats.

The only National Geographic high definition release thus far has been 'Relentless Enemies', which was released almost a year ago. Hopefully, with the format war finally ending, we'll see more content from the legendary company.


Source: High Def Digest | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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Joon
  Jan 30, 2008
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ANOTHER GREAT NEWS DAY ALREADY!!!! WOOHOOO!!!

Sonny
  Jan 30, 2008
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SWEET!!!
all_blu_man
  Jan 30, 2008
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AWESOME!!

kaliraver
  Jan 30, 2008
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Man the Red's world is collapsing really fast, I love it! More great news for HD-DVD

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Robert Siegel
  Jan 30, 2008
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Boy, Warner sure sent the war in one direction mighty fast, Circuit City clearances on all hd-dvd players, New Line, HBO, the German video companies, National Geographic, ect....now if Universal and Paramount would wake up. Certainly there has to be alot of pressure from Viacom and General Electric (owns Universal) and stock companies and stockholders. The trouble with Ken Graffeo of Universal Home Video is that even though he is on the hd-dvd board, he has bosses too and there must be a ton of pressure on him right now. They are definately losing alot of sales of their movies! The thing is, since all of their already available titles are mastered for hd-dvd, we won't get any blu-ray transfers from them for a while even if they do change in the higher bitrates. They will probably use the hd-dvd masters.

Rainman208
  Jan 30, 2008
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Oh the humanity !!!

stockstar1138
  Jan 30, 2008
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yeah, i kind of broke this a week ago.

transcension
  Jan 30, 2008
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Amazing. I keep seeing Blu-Ray exclusive. I love this.
Stuart_Larkin
  Jan 30, 2008
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If Only BBC would join Blu-ray Exclusive. I wish more people would buy their blu-rays to help convince them.

jbt419
  Jan 30, 2008
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Common sense dictates that BBC will indeed be going Blu exclusive- it's just a matter of when. In the meanwhile, perhaps National Geographic could do a documentary of the demise of HD. Semper Blu!!!
Borris
  Jan 30, 2008
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Hopefully they'll release U2-3D in blu.

monkyman
  Jan 30, 2008
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Oh man, all this blu exclusive news. And just when HD-DVD was going to make there move. lol.

shankmanmonster
  Jan 30, 2008
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BOYAKASHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jcdDigix
  Jan 30, 2008
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The BLU sky is falling on hddud!

Knight-Errant
  Jan 30, 2008
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This is awesome. Sharkwater sounds interesting too.

TruBlu2
  Jan 30, 2008
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This is more awesome news. I live for the Blu-ray Exclusivity reports. They are so fun to see for the first time and the feeling that follows with you all day long. Keep them coming.

BBC will be Blu soon enough. They have a stockpile of Planet Earth hddud's to sell. BBC stated "for the time being, we will continue to release in both formats" Remember when WB stated back in October "For the time being, we will continue to release in both formats" "For the time being"

BBC had a huge success with Planet Earth on hddud. Hddud best head to head seller. So what

BBC will be going Blu exclusive soon, especially with Woolworths going Blu.

The Blu TIDE Rolls On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goodbye Dud's

XSilentCobraX
  Jan 30, 2008
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Haha one by one all will go over to the blu side

NexusFX
  Jan 30, 2008
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I can just see the Super Bowl Ad Now "Get your favorite titles on HD-DVD from Universal Paramount, Dreamworks and uhhhhhh........yeah, that's pretty much it."

Seretur
  Jan 30, 2008
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Very good news! Very, very good.

CptGreedle
  Jan 30, 2008
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Great news! I work at National Geographic so I can see what I can learn from the inside, since I am
not part of the film/TV departments.

ESUNintel
  Jan 30, 2008
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That's great news and a smart decision, their movies look great on Blu.

CptGreedle
  Jan 30, 2008
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This does not cover titles that are distributed by other companies. Arctic Tale is Paramount, and
March of the Penguins is WB, so they will be controlled by them. In fact, many Nat Geo titles are not
distributed by us, but it is good to see that we are making the commitment to Blu.

PeteS
  Jan 30, 2008
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Interestingly, no press release - they just make the policy change. I wonder if this will be the way things go for other companies as well.

sj001
  Jan 30, 2008
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Excellent news... hopefully the BBC follows in a couple months.

Dave
  Jan 30, 2008
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Hahahah awesome! More doom for hd duds!

Blu-heaven
  Jan 30, 2008
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I don't know about you guys - I think is safe to say we won!!!
I was not around back in beta vs VHS debacle- But, knowing Sony products recently I was assured that Blu-ray will win:)

kaliraver
  Jan 30, 2008
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Quoted from HDD "UPDATE: (12:25pm ET, January 30, 2008) Please note that this move to Blu-ray exclusivity covers films released under the "National Geographic Presents" shingle only. Films co-produced by National Geographic but distributed by other companies will (such as Paramount's 'Artic Tale') will be unaffected.

cj-kent
  Jan 30, 2008
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This makes total sense. NG only benefits from HD programming considering what they shoot. I'm really excited about this move on their part.

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pro-bassoonist
  Jan 30, 2008
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Awaiting Criterion....

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Guinness7
  Jan 30, 2008
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Aybe we will start to see some good new programs now that they are blu.

ericede
  Jan 30, 2008
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Unfortunately it doesn't cover Nat Geo material distributed by Paramount. Gonna have to wait for them to fold as well.

bkbluray
  Jan 30, 2008
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Add one more to the list. The official end of HD-DVD is coming soon.

blacknation
  Jan 30, 2008
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very good news-----

frenchglen
  Jan 30, 2008
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Hooray!!
JT_Designer
  Jan 30, 2008
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HAHAHA great news! They often use these videos to show how sharp picture quality is. How will HD-DUD do this now?!!

miokti
  Jan 30, 2008
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Yayyyyyy!!!!

saljr
  Jan 30, 2008
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VIVA BLU-RAY. HD-DVD is a Dead Horse.

tru blu
  Jan 30, 2008
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Excellent news. So many companies dropping HD DVD in support of Blu-ray. Toshiba will try something very desperate soon.
wrnjr
  Jan 30, 2008
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This news could not be better for this NatGeo lover. The NatGeo Channel in HD is sweet, so I know they have a lot of programming already in hidef just waiting to be released.
moverob
  Jan 30, 2008
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A couple of things: First, I agree with what "pro-bassoonist" posted above, that Criterion really should make the commitment to Blu-ray, now that Blu is undoubtedly going to be the only meaningful hi-def format left standing. Criterion is very well-known to serious film collectors as a company that takes great care to provide the very best in classic, foreign and independent films, painstakingly remastered and produced for video distribution. I have collected many titles from them over the years, and every one of them has been beautiful!

I contacted a Criterion representative a few months ago, and she said that Criterion was basically waiting for the dust to settle in the hi-def battle between Blu and the "other format". Now that it's clear that Blu is going to win that battle, I don't think Criterion can justify waiting much longer to go ahead and start releasing their huge library on Blu. I can assure Criterion that I will be a big customer of theirs when they begin releasing on Blu!!! $$$, Criterion!!!

I would encourage as many other Blu fans as possible to contact Criterion (I just went through the "Contact Us" link on their website) and let them know how you feel about them releasing their wonderful library on Blu. Like I said, when I contacted them, the lady there was courteous enough to send me a personal reply to my inquiry, so they do care what their fans and customers have to say...

Also, I early on bought National Geographic's "Relentless Enemies" when it was released. It's beautiful, as you would expect from NG, with stunning picture and audio quality. I cannot wait for more NG releases, as I have watched just about every one of their shows over the years, starting on PBS, and now on their cable channel.

My obvious point here is that we, as Blu supporters, must contact these studios and video companies and let them know there is a huge market out there -- lots and lots of $$$ -- among Blu fans. We can't just sit back and wait and hope that things will go our way. If not, the "other format" will continue to receive the benefit of the doubt among the remaining studios and companies and retailers that have not gone Blu, whether exclusively or neutral...
JT_Designer
  Jan 30, 2008
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I'm sure the History Channel will follow now. I'd like to see the TV show The Universe on Blu-ray! That would be cool.

Toshiba will have to start giving away their players for free and they will still loose.

Excalibur-king
  Jan 30, 2008
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Another day, another company goes Blu-ray exclusive.

Sony wins again, as usuall.

BluNinja
  Jan 30, 2008
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I would like to see this trend of companies dropping HD-DVD through out the 1st quarter of the year. 2nd quarter all retail stores dropping HD-DVD. 3rd quarter Universal,Paramount,Dreamworks go Blu-ray exclusive and all production on HD-DUD is finished.

4th quarter, Victory. Blu ray will be complete. Universal and Paramount will become blurays new apprentice Good good.

ogscorpion
  Jan 30, 2008
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HDDVD.com and Betanews.com, eat your heart out! It's a BLU World. Live or die b!tches!
JT_Designer
  Jan 30, 2008
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I'd like to see Apple computer include Blu-ray drives in all of their laptops, iMac and Mac Pro systems. At least the player! And give users the option to upgrade to a Blu-ray burner which Toast already supports btw.

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lildon24
  Jan 30, 2008
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I knew beatanews.com were hd-dvd supporter cause everytime i jump to this website for any new file forum softwares on the right, i kept seeing false and bad comments about blu-ray on the left which is call betanews... yeah they need to stop cause they making it worst for talking about us. We dont see any news from blu-ray talking bad about HD-DVD, all we see that we are getting more companies going exclusively with us and we still growing strong with Blu!!!
JT_Designer
  Jan 30, 2008
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These two HD-DUD sites are always trying to spin news in favor of HD-DVD, even their own graphics of how Blu-ray is loosing market share.

http://www.hddvd.com/

http://www.dvdtown.com/news/hd-dvd-gain-in-market-share-after-huge-drop/5172

Zixxer
  Jan 30, 2008
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thank you national geographic
suesboywill
  Jan 30, 2008
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I'm so Blu.......

Squall_10
  Jan 30, 2008
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More great news!

Soon all will be Blu
Killer Cop
  Jan 31, 2008
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Muahahahaa!!! MUAHAHAHA!!!

I mean... xD

Damn this is good news.. Love it. I expect a Universal/Paramount break soon, probably in/within 3 months... Let' see.

little_boy_blu
  Jan 31, 2008
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Parawho, Univershuh? get you r heads out of your a$$es, and start making me some movies to buy!

king911
  Jan 31, 2008
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I think I will see the day when Toshiba will release Blu-ray player p2.0 with 1/2 the price.

Minimejer05
  Jan 31, 2008
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Nice!!! go NG!
dea136
  Feb 01, 2008
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NatGeo rocks for High Def. Come on BBC, you're next!
lumen
  Feb 02, 2008
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Excellenteeee!


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