“For the second time in two years, China has announced plans to develop its own next-generation DVD standard to break the monopoly of foreign companies and avoid paying heavy licensing fees,” Christopher Bodeen reports for The Associated Press. “If successful, the move could add a new wrinkle to the battle between HD DVD and the competing Blu-ray Disc formats over which will become the dominant new DVD standard.
Bodeen reports, “The official Xinhua News Agency said the new standard will be based on but incompatible with HD DVD, which is being promoted by Toshiba Corp. and Universal Studios, as well as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., the leading suppliers of chips and software for most of the world’s personal computers… Xinhua didn’t give a name for the new HD DVD-based standard, and it wasn’t clear whether it had borrowed technology from the EVD standard.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Is anyone surprised that they picked the cheap, less-sophisticated HD DVD to “base” their new “standard” upon, instead of Blu-ray?
[UPDATE: 10:34am ET: Updated “MDN Take.” Removed certain comments below.]
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