Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Round Two -- The Next Dimension?

From "If I learned anything with these round two comparisons, it is that more than any other consumer electronics format I've ever encountered, the quality of a high-def presentation is radically affected by the technology you are watching it on. Ensuring that playback parameters are identical is absolutely crucial in detecting differences in video and audio. Both of the next-gen high-def formats -- certainly more than DVD -- are very, very sensitive to even the slightest discrepancies in hardware setup and display calibration. Whether it be that black level expander setting you forgot to turn off in your Blu-ray player, or that damn auto-sharpness auto-filter on your HDTV monitor refusing to listen to your remote control, even a single hitch can throw off a supposedly "fair and equal" comparison."

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bilal5850d ago

i think blue ray camp is experimenting with codecs

now crucial factors are
1. high price of blue ray software/hardware
2. less movie industry support of hd-dvd
3. ps3 (well ps3 is an issue in itself that best left for the sands of time to resolve)
well and many more....
they should have created one format and split the money

blackmagic5849d ago (Edited 5849d ago )

1. I agree, expensive Blu-ray hardware and software is definitely an issue.

2. Sony is entrenched in Blu-ray, Universal is entrenched in Hd-Dvd. Everything else is in the air. See my comment 2.1.

3. PS3/360 Hd-Dvd add-on. Considering two factors here. First,Sony downgraded production to 2M by the end of 2006 and complications could concievable reduce that number again. Second, this combines with the fact that a percentage of the PS3 buyers have no interest in next-gen movie playback or are fence-sitting before they invest in expensive next gen movies. It is concievable that the 360 add-on would result in a larger active nextgen movie user base than that generated by the ps3.

Marty83705850d ago

Neither HD DVD nor Blu-ray can offer movie titles from all Eight of the top movie studio's. That means buyers of one disc player may be prevented from watching a movie from a studio that doesn't support the format.

Seven studios currently back Blu-ray, while three support HD DVD, and two of those also support Blu-ray. Only Universal Studios supports HD DVD exclusively.

blackmagic5849d ago

There are six big movie studios. They are collectively known as 'The Big Six'. Columbia Tristar and MGM were purchased by Sony.

Sony exclusively supports Blu-Ray.

Univeral exclusively supports Hd-Dvd.

Warner & Paramount support both formats.

Fox & Buena Vista (Disney) are providing 'non-exclusive' support of Blu-Ray (meaning they could choose to also support Hd-Dvd at any time). Beuna Vista (Disney) has already made public comments that they are leaning towards supporting both formats.

T-Rac5850d ago

lol you soooooo nicked the logo i made


TheMART5850d ago

"One thing hasn't yet changed, however -- Blu-ray hardware and software is still generally more expensive than HD DVD. Sure, we early adopters are used to paying big prices for our new toys. But when even a comparatively"cheap" $500 player and $29 discs makes the average consumer balk at HD DVD, what do you think their reaction is going to be when Blu-ray sticker shock sets in? That $1000 price tag for the Samsung is pretty steep even for diehard tech-heads, not to mention those upcoming $40 discs from Fox and MGM."

"And value for money is unique to the individual plunking down the cash. But when and if all things become equal, and both Blu-ray and HD DVD are indistinguishable in terms of video and audio quality and depth of supplemental features, price will become even more important in deciding the format war. In fact, I think it will be absolutely crucial, even more than studio support. Let's face it, we're a nation of cheap Americans who want the biggest bang for the smallest buck. Price will always matter, regardless of quality. Just ask the Betamax."

And there you go. You have it all again. No need to think more. Oh yeah there is

HD - people know what it is
DVD - people are very familiar with it

They already own a HD-TV, it's more logical in most peoples eyes to get a HD-DVD standalone then something that's called BluRay.

Simple. End of story. HD-DVD wins

lalaland5850d ago

Let's wait and see what happens, when in late 2007 there will be an installed base of Blu-Ray players more than ten times as large as HD-DVD players... When consumers can select a Blu-Ray player from more than 8 manufacturers, while there will only be half as many brands of HD-DVD players or less. When Blu-Ray owners can select between titles from 7 of the big eight moviestudios, while HD-DVD owners only has a selection from 3 of the big eight.

It may all be very different by then... But who knows... let's wait and see.

Brandon5850d ago

wow you're really funny, how much you will get paid from gate$ at the end of the month?
how can a format wins just because of the name? :P

Dukester1015850d ago

People will notice that HD-DVD is just an "upgrade" from what they already have. The name Blu-Ray is going to scare away people, becasue they wont know what it is.

Sure people will buy Blu-Ray, but HD-DVD will be mainstream, becasue there is more average consumbers than there is die-hard fans and early adopters.

For example- my mom would be more inclined to buy a HD-DVD player over a Blu-Ray becasue it sounds like it's an upgrade.

It goes hand in hand with HD-TV

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