Paul Hochman explains the battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD
If you're a fan of epic drama, you probably don't think about the consumer electronics industry, where the battles are usually fought on the microscopic level: the smallest hard drive, the tiniest transistor, the fastest chip.
But a few weeks ago, a much bigger battle - the one being fought for your entertainment dollar - may have finally been won. And it's going to affect you immediately. The decisive shots in this conflict were fired just two days before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, on Jan. 4.
The result: Americans are about to throw the full weight of the $23 billion they spend every year on DVD rentals and purchases toward one, new, winning movie format.
The winner is: the new DVD disc format called Blu-ray. The loser: a format called HD-DVD.