Another HD DVD vs. Blu-ray shoot-out

By comparing each format's respective presentation quality, studio support, apptitude for hard-core porn and future outlook, the folks at the Enthusiast make a logical and thoughtful case for why Blu-ray could ultimately prevail:

"We're no shill for Sony, that's for sure, but we feel that this time around they have developed a format that delivers on quality and will provide consumers with what they need to experience high-definition content in the home, either through commercially released content or material that they have created themselves. We respect HD-DVD, but we can't ignore the major studio support that is on Blu-ray's side... when we take a hard look to see which format currently has the most going for it, the answer is obvious."

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Robert223884281d ago

If someone starts talking about digital distribution, I will KILL them

HokieFan4281d ago

Just kidding Robert. :)

As a die hard HD DVD supporter this article is tough to read, but I can't say that I argue with their points. At least it's pretty well written and doesn't seem too biased. I still think that if HD DVD can hold on long a little while longer (by that I mean 2 - 3 years), dual format players will be cheap enough that it won't matter anymore. It will be like DVD+/-R. But maybe not...

BIadestarX4281d ago

You better start killing. LOL. It is something you will not be able to scape from in the next 2-3 years. When companies like Mac and Microsoft are pushing towards that; and trust me they wouldnt be trying it if they wouldnt think it would work there is no scape. You are doomed to deal with it. Digital Distribution is the future! You can scape it.

OldSchoolGamer4281d ago

Oh and don't forget terabyte technology! Just want to see Robert's head explode. lol.

PureGamer4281d ago

enough with the DD, onestly it wont work untill they stop the piracy, who in there right mind would pay money to download a film or a TV show when you can download them for FREE from the internet :)

HokieFan4281d ago

The same could be said for Mp3's, but ITunes seems to be doing quite well.

DJ4281d ago (Edited 4281d ago )

Good to see Blu-ray's got the right image down as well.

*whisper*(digital distribution) j/k. That's the future...when we have 300MB/s connections and 10 terabyte HDDs at a low price. It's a long, long future away.

bombzombie4281d ago

High Density DVDs are probably unnecessary in the long-term and will likely die a horrible death. Why? It's all about DRM and content owners wanting to get paid. I am an IP attorney for a large firm, and these are some of the ideas that I know to be touted.

First off, Downloading is already here. I download high-def movies on HBO Demand from Time Warner cable all the time. I record them right to the built-in harddrive. It is easy. It is here to grandmother knows how to do it and loves it. She says it is easier than taking videos back to the store.

Second, then somebody is going to argue that....but everyone doesn't have high-speed access and you would need a fiber-backbone to download a 50 giga-byte movie. Let me debunk that as well.

#1- Cable systems are already capable of DDL.
Using a standard cable modem, I regularly hit speeds of 2 MB/ sec on my upgraded cable line when downloading through well-known sharing services.

#2- Traditional buffering is capable of compensating for some speed deficiency.
Further, I have a friend who developed an easy buffering system for any HD content that I download and want to watch in real-time. It works very well right now.

#3- Whether you like compression technologies or not, it is here to stay. MP3's drive audio purists nuts, but for the public at large, it's sonic nirvana. At some point, the law of diminishing returns will kick in for NORMAL FOLKS. Sorry, but that's just how it is. That is why the Wii is outselling the X360 and's cheap and it does most of what people want it to do.

#4- Studios haven't gone out RIAA style yet to start gang-tackling copyright infringers, and they don't plan to yet until all device become networked in a few years. The game plan going forward are devices like the way VISTA is set up to protect Microsoft computers from running unauthorized software. Devices will continually check to see if all of the hardware and software is legit and report indiscretions in real-time since they will be networked. If it isn't proper software or hardware, it will either a) simply shut-down until a license fee is paid, b) report the device serial number to a central database to restrict future product service and updates or c) alert the copyright owner covertly so that a legal action can be brought.

#5- Studios want to get ahead of the faster Wi-Max networks that are rolling out to prevent ubiquitous sharing of HD content. They intend to beat the code-breakers to the punch so to speak. Because HD-DVD and Blu-Ray have already been beaten, they are in effect already dead tech as far as Studios are concerned. They want a world of constant connectivity where they can be notified of infringing activity as it happens....get ready for 50 Terra-flop drives which do a lot more than you ever thought possible.

Sorry guy, but this is where we are headed. Of this, I have no doubt. The life-span of Blu-Ray as a movie format will be short and the life-span of HD-DVD will be even shorter in my humble opinion. Why? This isn't about bringing better technology. It is about bringing nearly unbeatable DRM for Studios and content holders to the market so that they can make more money. Trust me, I should know. I work for the ridiculously rich guys to make them richer and I just skim my little portion off the top. You can hate, but everybody has their price. I will admit that I work for the MAN, but I didn't come cheaply at $300 an hour.

lilwingman4281d ago

If the arrival of 50 teraflop drives means the end of Blu-Ray, I'm sure it will live a long life :P

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