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Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

This is reminiscent of the Betamax vs VHS battle for dominance.


Sony sets date for rollout of Blu-Ray DVDs
NEW YORK (Reuters) Sony Pictures said Tuesday that it aims to deliver its new Blu-ray DVD format to U.S. stores May 23 to coincide with the introduction of compatible disc players, a new step in an industry war for control of home movie viewing.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment will first release eight Blu-ray titles, followed by another eight in mid-June. The first movie titles include "50 First Dates," "The Fifth Element," "Hitch" and "House of Flying Daggers."

Blu-ray is locked in a multibillion-dollar standards war against a rival DVD format known as HD DVD. The technology companies supporting HD DVD, championed by Toshiba, plan to start rolling out movie titles and disc players in March.

Each side hopes to reignite a sagging $24 billion home video market with new players and discs that offer greater capacity and interactive features.

Sony Pictures, a division of Japan's Sony Corp. (SNE), earlier this month disclosed pricing for Blu-ray format discs which amounts to a premium of about 15% to 20% to the current DVD standard.

The company said Tuesday that its target delivery date would coincide with the launch that day of the first commercially available Blu-ray disc player by Samsung Electronics. Other Blu-ray disc players are scheduled for release to market from Sony and Pioneer.

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Re: Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

Yeah, I'm praying for Blu-RAy just because of its 50 GB size instead of 30 GB for HD-DVD.
I might pick up a PS3 just for the Blu-Ray drive.
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Re: Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

What the heck is Betamax? :?

*edit* -- answered my own question: Wikipedia


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Re: Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

If I recall correctly, Betamax was considered technologically superior to VHS. *However, we all know which standard won that war. *This one should be equally interesting. *

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This is interesting:

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The VHS format's defeat of the Betamax format became a classic marketing case study, now identified with the verbal phrase "to Betamax", wherein a proprietary technology format is overwhelmed in the market by a format allowing multiple, competing, licensed manufacturers, as in: "Apple Betamaxed themselves out of the PC market."


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This is interesting:

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The VHS format's defeat of the Betamax format became a classic marketing case study, now identified with the verbal phrase "to Betamax", wherein a proprietary technology format is overwhelmed in the market by a format allowing multiple, competing, licensed manufacturers, as in: "Apple Betamaxed themselves out of the PC market."
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Yeah, but in this case they're both (HD & BR) licensed techs... just BR is technologically superior (in general) while being more expensive initially - just as Betamax was technologically superior while being more expensive.
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Re: Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

If there's enough of a demand for Blu-Ray, then there won't be much of a question. Question is: will the general public realize the value of the superior technology early enough to support it, or will they be stingy and buy the cheaper HD-DVD and seal the fate of Blu-Ray? Tune in to find out...

Speaking of standards, do we even have a recordable DVD standard yet? Last I checked, there was +R, -R, *R, /R, 2R, R[sup]2[/sup], 2πR... lol


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There's +R/RW and -R for single layer disc's, and just +R/RW for dual layer.
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There's +R/RW and -R for single layer disc's, and just +R/RW for dual layer.
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I know.. I was trying to be funny. The question is, since we have +R and -R for single-layer discs, which is the standard?


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Re: Blu-ray DVD vs HD-DVD format - another standards war

Question for anyone? I understand you need a new player in order to play the blu-ray dvd's. Now will the player be backwards compatiable with dvd'd that are currently out?


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