Blu-ray Disk Associaton: we’ll win DVD format war over HD-DVD

“With Samsung set to release the first Blu-ray disk player next month, the Blu-ray Disk Association is confident that it will prevail in the next-generation format battle with rival HD-DVD. Blu-ray representatives said consumers need to look no further than the companies supporting each format to know which format will ultimately win. ‘We have just about everybody in the consumer electronics industry supporting Blu-ray at this point,’ Andy Parsons, senior vice president of product development for Pioneer, told Macworld. ‘These are all the brands that are associated with new technologies like Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, LG, Samsung and others.’ Supporters of the HD-DVD format include Toshiba, NEC, Intel and Microsoft, but Parsons said when it comes to getting players into peoples homes Blu-ray has the power of the consumer electronics companies behind them,” Jim Dalrymple reports for Macworld.

“Looking at what will ultimately drive adoption of a particular format, Parsons says the ‘killer app’ for this format battle will be no different than in the past — content. ‘The killer app for this technology is high-definition motion picture distribution — that is the underlying premise that drives everything else,’ said Parsons. With content as king, both Blu-ray and HD-DVD went after the motion picture studios to publish content in their respective formats. While there were wins for both sides, ultimately Blu-ray came out on top,” Dalrymple reports.

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple is playing both sides of the fence in a wait and see mode. In a press release from April 17, 2005, Apple stated: “Apple is committed to both emerging high definition DVD standards—Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Apple is an active member of the DVD Forum which developed the HD DVD standard, and last month joined the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association.” According to The Blu-ray Disc Association’s website, HD DVD’s pre-recorded capacities are 15 GB for a single layer disc, or 30 GB for a double layer disc. Blu-ray Disc provides 67% more capacity per layer at 25 GB for a single layer and 50GB for a double layer disc.

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  1. There should not be a battle to begin with. They need to work together to create a standard that fits best with the consumer. and provides the consumer the best bang for the buck. Screw this competition and battles. if they worked together this HD-disc technology would be mainstream already…

  2. Why would they do that? Do you understand that Sony is set to make billions in royalties if their Blu-Ray format wins? This is a high stakes game, much more high stakes then seeing that the “consumer” has the best product

    This battle is over royalties and nothing but royalties. Everyone knows that.

  3. The HD disc format war is likely to turn out like Laserdisc — video connoisseurs will buy into it, but before any “winner” can be declared all home video will be solid state. Camcorders are already heading that way. As a repair tech I love it; no moving parts.

    It’s ironic that just as HD is hitting the marketplace (as “time shifted” media — I know the TVs have been around) consumers are also heading the other way with portable content, like the videos on iPod.

  4. Personally, I wished they had came out with this last year. I’ve been watching hi-def content on cable for awhile and have been waiting needlessly over this. Plus, I’ve got a h-def camera but no ability to watch it anywhere else but my Mac (unless I use my cam as a VTR).

    Just hurry it up already!

    Oh yea, Best Buy is selling HD-DVD players for $500… seems like a pretty good intro price for technology…

  5. Y’know it’s only ‘disc’ with a ‘c’ because they weren’t allowed to trademark ‘compact disk’, so I suppose either are correct.
    Same thing with ‘Blu ray’

  6. I’ll wait for the players to drop in price to about 200 or less.

    It will be interesting what drives Apple finally decides to use in their macs. I would imagine the drive would need to be able to play and burn regular DVDs and CDs in it is to be used in laptops, minis and imacs. I figure that may take a few years to happen.

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