Friday, October 07, 2005
Sony, Dell, HP, and Apple are just a few of the Blu-Ray Big Guns up against Toshiba and various others including Microsoft and Intel that support the HD-DVD format. Movie Studios with the exception of Sony of course, are supporting both formats.
One key element at the center of this debate is "Managed Copy", or the ability of the owner of that DVD to be able to copy their movies to a hard drive, or other backup device. Many any of the popular Multimedia Home Theater products such as Media Center Pc's that store many movies for distribution in a residence via network, would require the movie to be copied onto the local drive on the machine. I cannot help being amused by Microsoft supporting a product because it CAN be copied.
Earlier I read a Post that detailed why the author thought Blue-Ray would win out. It's a great post and a good read but I have to disagree.
The studios and everyone else can support Blu-Ray, Sony can throw all the marketing muscle around it likes but in the end the consumers will decide they like the freedom of the HD-DVD standard. Blu-Ray may stick around for Sony's own devices Play Stations etc..But HD-DVD will be victorious in the long run as the format of choice for the consumer.
People do not want to be forced to connect their players to a phone or data line. I have already seen blogs about how Blu-Ray players may punish people for altering them, what a fun thing for the consumer! Imagine you can purchase a player and have it "disabled remotely".
Making things even more interesting is the news today that China is working on their own next generation DVD format. Will this 3rd format sweep in and take over? Will the ties HD-DVD supporters reportedly have with Chinese manufactures give them an advantage?
This is one media battle that is just getting fired up, and it's one I think we are all influencing and will play a HUGE part in shaping in the future. Enjoy.
Hoo-Ray For Blu-Ray High Profile Media Battle Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD By Jason Dowdell at 11:58 AM