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liorean
02-19-2008, 12:51 PM
Toshiba admitted defeat in the HD DVD vs. Blueray format battle:
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That removes one of the two major hardware makers in the coalition of companies supporting HD DVD (the other being Microsoft with their XBox 360). Since Toshiba were also the main company pushing HD DVD to content producers, it seems like Sony won this round.


Seems like Sony DID learn something from the Betamax fiasko - you need to throw money at the industry if you want to win out over a cheaper alternative that is nearly as good technically.

Spookster
02-19-2008, 02:46 PM
Yay!!!! Blu-ray won. Good thing too because I bought a PS3.

BTW Blu-ray is not just Sony. The Blu-ray association is made up of 18 different companies who helped develop it. And then there were something like 60 other companies who also contributed.

liorean
02-19-2008, 05:21 PM
BTW Blu-ray is not just Sony.And HD DVD is not just Toshiba. They're just the main moneybags financing the push of the respective technologies.

Spookster
02-19-2008, 06:47 PM
And HD DVD is not just Toshiba. They're just the main moneybags financing the push of the respective technologies.

I know that but it seems many people don't realize just how many companies were involved on both sides.

On another note here are the run down of specs of both.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_high_definition_optical_disc_formats

oracleguy
02-19-2008, 10:29 PM
Now someone just needs to crack it so that blu-ray movies don't require Microsoft software to be watched on the computer. Or the companies behind blu-ray could do something epic and actually release software for it on all platforms.

Can you even watch them on OS X yet?

liorean
02-20-2008, 12:46 AM
Can you even watch them on OS X yet?Considering Apple is part of the patent carrying members of the Blue Ray Alliance, one would hope so...

Oh, and Kevin, there's no requirement for Microsoft software from what I recall. There's requirement for VC-1 support, but that's not Microsoft software, just Microsoft patented. (Microsoft are one of sixteen companies carrying known patents on VC-1, IIRC, so it's not like it's a Microsoft-only codec. Fewer than H.264 though...)



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