Over a dozen Hollywood studios announce movies on Blu-ray

“More than a dozen Hollywood studios announced movie offerings in Japan Tuesday for players of next-generation Blu-ray Disc video,” Hiroko Tabuchi reports for The Associated Press.

“The film companies, including Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, said at a press conference in Tokyo that some 75 Blu-ray movies will go on sale starting later this year,” Tabuchi reports.

Tabuchi reports, “Among the works are Sony Pictures’ ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and Walt Disney’s ‘Chicken Little,’ company officials told reporters at a Tokyo hotel. Blu-ray DVDs are already available in the United States, though the number of titles wasn’t immediately known.

“The Blu-ray format is competing against another new format called HD DVD. Blu-ray is backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, Sharp Corp., Hitachi and Pioneer Corp., among the Japanese companies, as well as by Samsung Electronics Co., Apple Computer Inc. and Dell Inc.,” Tabuchi reports.

Tabuchi reports, “HD DVD has the support of Japanese electronics makers Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp., as well as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced on March 10, 2005 that Apple was “pleased to join the Blu-ray Disc Association board as part of our efforts to drive consumer adoption of HD.”

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. It’s par for the course that Apple backs the superior format while Microsoft supports the inferior one.

It does, however, bear noting that Apple is playing both sides of the fence in a wait and see mode. According to a press release from April 17, 2005, “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.”

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30 Comments

  1. om April 17, 2005, “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.”

    That tells me that while one may be better than the other, both are good enough to move forward with.

  2. Oh well…: “Too bad no one is using Apple’s H.264 codec.

    HD-DVD uses Microsoft’s VC-1.

    Blu-ray uses MPEG-2.”

    You may want to double-check your facts there buddy. First of all, H.264 isn’t “Apple’s” codec. Second, both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support H.264 in addition to VC1 and MPEG2.

    Here are some links so you can enlighten yourself:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD-DVD
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray

  3. The ONLY two advantages that HD-DVD has over Blu-Ray is the name (has DVD in it – don’t knock it, familiarity, if in name alone, is a very powerful thing for some people) and the fact that Mafia$oft is behind HD-DVD. They aren’t afraid to use strong-arm tactics to ram things down people’s throats. Speaking of which, I hope Heather Brooks’ movies come out on Blu-Ray sometime soon.

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  4. I don’t care about Blu-Ray and won’t until the day I can afford an HDTV. Even then, I won’t pay a large premium over a standard DVD. I’m just not that much of an videophile. I’m spoiled rotten by being able to pick up new releases at Best Buy for under 20 bucks.

  5. Too bad no one is using Apple’s H.264 codec.

    Uh, both HD-DVD and BD-DVD do

    H.264 which is mandatory for HD DVD and Blu-ray

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060824-7590.html

    Yea, what Andy said.

    The problem is HD-DVD is just “good enough” to show a 2 1/2 hour HD move on a dual layer HD-DVD disk, much like todays DVD’s. It also doesn’t require brand new manufacturing equipment, a alteration of existing DVD fabs is enough and the fab can switch back to regular DVD’s again.

    With BlueRay the storage capacity is greater, which is why a lot of computer makers support it (100 GB on a dual sided dula layer BD-DVD is quite attractive) and eventually as Cell processors make their way into HDTV’s the higher capacity BD-DVD’s will be able to have moe interactive content. The drawback is BD-DVD’s require brand new manufactoring equipment.

    Apple is in a pickle because they rapidly becoming a PC vendor and have to run Vista to sell more Mac hardware, thus they have to keep a foot in the HD-DVD camp and the BlueRay camp.

    Apple’s solution is to provide two optical drive bays in their new Mac Pro’s so one can order what they want, a BlueRay and/or a HD-DVD drive.

  6. Apple will eventually support both in software. They have to in order to take care of their Final Cut Studio users. If you can’t do it with FC Studio, you will go to Adobe or Avid. Apple does not want this.

  7. BlueRay discs and players are more expensive to manufacture.

    HD DVD, although inferior in many ways, are apparently cheaper to manufacture as well. I think i read somewhere that the HD DVD players are also compatible with standard DVDs.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Microsoft would favor the less expensive technology, as they are all about serving the largest mass audience. (its just good business)

    BlueRay will win out only if companies and consumers can see the long view.

    MDN Magic Word “months” – Its been months since I posted here.

  8. why do I need a 15 to 30 gig disk for a movie?

    Unless it’s some thing by Peter Jackson, of course.

    MDN magic word “likely” as in “I’m not likely to run out and by a blue-ray player anytime soon”

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