“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.”
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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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