HD-DVD blows only advantage, delays U.S. launch until early 2006, around same time as Blu-ray

“The next-generation DVD format known as HD-DVD won’t be launched in the United States until early next year because of a lack of coordination between partners handling the hardware and software, a Toshiba official said Friday,” Red Herring reports. “The consumer electronics company, which is the major backer of the HD-DVD format said, however, that technology will be launched in Japan before the end of 2005 as planned.”

Red Herring reports, “The delay in the U.S. all but eliminates the only advantage that the HD-DVD camp enjoyed over the rival Blu-ray format: time to market. Initially the HD-DVD camp had planned to launch products in the U.S. before the 2005 holiday season. HD-DVD has been waging a three-year format war with the Sony-backed Blu-ray format. The Blu-ray products are planned to reach stores in the spring… While HD-DVD has the support of Toshiba, NEC, and Sanyo, Blu-ray has a bigger pool that consists of Sony, Hitachi, Samsung, Philips, Apple, LG, Dell, HP, Sharp, and Panasonic… HD-DVD and Toshiba have close ties with Microsoft, but it remains to be seen if the software giant’s gaming console Xbox will carry HD-DVD technology.”

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MacDailyNews Take: HD-DVD must die.

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  1. Apple does support HD-DVD (and is a member of DVD Forum – HD-DVD’s parent group), but I think they are going to want to push Blu-Ray more – especially when you’re one of the Board of Directors. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. If anyone’s interested:

    DVD Forum (HD-DVD) Steering Committee: http://www.dvdforum.org/about-steering.htm
    DVD Forum Member List: http://www.dvdforum.org/about-memberlist.htm

    Blu-Ray Board of Directors, Contributors and Members: http://www.bluraydisc.com/Section-13469/Index.html

    With the exception of Dell, I’d wager there (generally) appear to be some pretty strong backers for both camps.

    May the best format win.

    Speaking of best format, I found this interesting tidbit on the Blu-Ray FAQ: http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/#1.5
    “How much data can you fit on a Blu-ray disc?

    A single-layer disc can fit 23.3GB, 25GB or 27GB.
    A dual-layer disc can fit 46.6GB, 50GB or 54GB.

    To ensure that the Blu-ray Disc format is easily extendable (future-proof) it also includes support for multi-layer discs, which should allow the storage capacity to be increased to 100GB-200GB (25GB per layer) in the future simply by adding more layers to the discs.

  3. Are there ANY advantages to HD-DVD or are they just fighting for their platform simply because they developed it?

    The major advantage of HD-DVD is that present manufactoring setups for DVD’s can be easily adopted for HD-DVD.

    BlueRays require a new investment in production equipment, thus will cost more.

    HD DVD’s hold less, but are cheaper to make, but eventually will die because there is no storage scalability.

  4. Just because Blue-Ray can hold more data does not make it better. I mean if you can fit a HD feature length movie in one disc why would you need any more space? I would not see the loss of more extras like bloopers, trailers, etc as a bad thing. Most of that content is filler material.

    HD-DVD had the advantage of being easy to manufacture and therefore bringing to the market earlier. Now that the launch is delayed until 2006 what is the point of going head to head against Blue Ray? I think HD-DVD is doomed. Most people selling these players will look past the content and compare specs. Besides, Blue-Ray will get more of a marketing push by being tied to the PlayStation 3.

  5. Well, Blu-Ray is neat and all, but I’m getting behind HD-DVD because I don’t think anyone will ever need more disc space. Besides, I make more money when I can leverage my innovations off of the previous standards.

  6. “Are there ANY advantages to HD-DVD or are they just fighting for their platform simply because they developed it?”

    Yes, the fact that it has DVD in the name. Soon it will be the ONLY advantage it has over Blu-Ray; which is a totally new name for these people. But that’s just the really stupid consumers.

    The “Smart Shopper” knows better than t and the technical people know that Blu-Ray is far more superior to HD-DVD

  7. As a film buff, I like a lot of the extras that are on DVDs of movies I enjoy. I’ll admit some extras would look a lot better if they were transfered properly. Something there will be no excuse for not doing when movies get hi-def releases, regardless of the eventual format.

    And, hopefully, with movies on hi-def discs, the phrase “This motion picture has been modified to fit your TV screen” will die the death it so richly deserves.

    “Don’t like those black bars on your TV screen? Then stop watching whatever it is you’re watching. Because it obviously isn’t interesting enough.” The Unknown Observer

  8. > I mean if you can fit a HD feature length movie in one disc why would you need any more space?

    > I’m getting behind HD-DVD because I don’t think anyone will ever need more disc space

    Yeah, and nobody will ever need more than 640K RAM (infamous words of Bill Gates back in the early PC days)…

    I’m not sure if you guys are being sarcastic or what, but how about their use as backup disks? I remember the days when I had to use boxes of floppy disks to back up my 20MB hard drive (yes, 20 MegaBytes, not GigaBytes). Then one floppy would get a read error and the whole backup pile was worthless.

    I personally can’t wait for the day when we have 200-500GB disks so that I can backup everything to just one disk. If I had that I’d do full image backups more regularly. You guys that think you’ll never need more than 25GB are just short sighted. It’s not all about movies. It’s about data, data and more data. For you movie-only thinking guys, what about putting a whole season of South Park on one disk? Wouldn’t that be great?

  9. “I mean if you can fit a HD feature length movie in one disc why would you need any more space?”

    Well for one thing, if Blu-Ray had been around when we offered the Star Wars Trilogy, we woulda put it all on one disk. All HD too.

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