The New Standards War

A pretty decent summary of the ongoing battle between the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD standards over at Yahoo! News (reprinted from MacJournals).

Seems like a no-brainer in terms of the best solution — Blu-Ray’s expanded capacity makes it a slam-dunk. But, of course, HD-DVD has the advantage of using existing disc manufacturing techniques (at least according to the format’s proponents), not to mention some pretty heavy-hitting support from Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros. And quality has never been the determining factor in market success — witness the triumph of the vastly inferior VHS format over Betamax.

With Fox leaning toward supporting Blu-Ray, it would certainly seem like the format’s a good bet to win the battle. But then it’s still far from a sure thing. So I may have yet another rant topic to add to my repertoire.


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