Sunday, January 6, 2008

Why Blu-ray may actually win the battle

Even before Warner and Paramount's move from HD DVD to Blu-ray, HD DVD was set to lose. With more features and movies, Blu-ray has had the upper hand from the get go. In the late '70's early '80's, there were two competing video cassette formats: Sony's Betmax and JVC's VHS. That battle was ultimately won by VHS, and this time it may be Blu-ray's turn to change an industry.

To start with, Blu-ray discs have a higher capacity, as high as 100 GB; whereas HD DVD only supports up to 45 GB, less than half that of Blu-ray. With higher capacities come longer play times. Blu-ray supports up to 8.5 hours and HD DVD only up to 5.5 hours. Blu-ray has more manufacture support (Hitachi, Mitsubishi, LG, Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Philips, Thomson/RCA) than HD DVD (Toshiba, LG, Thomson/RCA, Onkyo, Samsung). Blu-ray also has more studio support with 10 when you include the divisions of Sony and Disney (Sony Pictures [including MGM/Columbia TriStar], Disney [including Touchstone, Miramax], Paramount, Fox, Warner, Lions Gate). HD DVD only has 5 (Studio Canal, Universal, the Weinstein Company, DreamWorks Animation).The most titles are also available on Blu-ray, and, unfortunately for the consumer, more copy-protection is available for Sony's format as well. Unless HD DVD starts to offer more capacity, more titles, and unless more manufacturers make the players, HD DVD may go the way of Betamax.
The most titles are also available on Blu-ray, and, unfortunatley for the consumer, more copy-protection is available for Sony's format as well. Unless HD DVD starts to offer more capacity, more titles, and unless more manufacturers make the players, HD DVD may go the way of Betamax.

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