China to develop own as-yet-unnamed DVD format; Blu-ray vs. HD DVD vs ?

“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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  1. I’m glad to see that there is some monitoring of the user feedback. I thought that we had stooped to a new low.

    MDN, please be carefull though. Only fair and unbiased removal of posts should be performed. A statement of understanding related to what is and what isn’t allowed in a feedback would be appropriate.

  2. Right on Tommy Boy! Where’s the freedom of speech? I choose to toot my own horn in an open forum of boring useless articles based on rumors and then my posts are shamelessly deleted by the administrators. Harummpf!

  3. How’s RedRay for China’s new format? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Come to think of it, I should copyright it and get filthy rich sometime down the road. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  4. MDN says: “Is anyone surprised that they picked the cheap, less-sophisticated HD DVD to “base” their new “standard” upon, instead of Blu-ray?”

    You guys ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” /> you really are hilarious!

    There is NO functional difference between HD-DVD and BluRay does. In both cases, it’s the shorter wavelength blue laser that gives the lion’s share of capacity increase over regular DVD. All the BluRay group has done differently is shrink the tolerances of, and between, the substrates and coverings that make up the disk. Different from DVD and HD-DVD? Yes. Harder or more “sophisticated”? No. The DVD standard could have been made with thinner substrates too; their just wasn’t a need, and it also brought with it it’s own set of problems. Namely, that the disks were more fragile.

    At any rate, the Chinese are using this “cheap standard” for the same reasons anyone with an objective eye would – it gives you almost the same advantages of BluRay for a tenth of the cost. Simple Xs and Os, folks.

    Leave it to our partisan MDN ‘journalists’ to, as always, fail to point out the truth of a matter, when a pro-Apple bashing is so tantalizingly available.

    C’mon guys! Enough already.

  5. Perhaps the post removals were simply commentary of a different sort. A kind of sarcastic “China announces that it has developed a new MDN to counter the monopoly of foreign Mac news” comment.

  6. Microsoft and Intel may be the “leading suppliers of chips and software for most of the world’s personal computers,” but they don’t make computers and therefore don’t decide what gets put in the computers that are sold.

    That job falls to companies like Dell, HP, and Apple. And yes, Toshiba.

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