Well, as much as I don’t want it to be so, I’m fairly comfortable saying Blu-Ray has won the battle. 🙂 Let’s just hope that, for the sake of movie watchers everywhere, Sony stops releasing new versions/specs of Blu-Ray on a regular basis, requiring upgrades or replacements of players like they have so far. This was one of my big reasons for supporting HD-DVD: a solid, unchanging specification that was in place right from the start. (And for what it’s worth, HD-DVD’s 1.0 release spec had all the features that Blu-Ray’s new 2.0 spec has. Sony just took longer to get it all working.) Blu-Ray is already up to version 2.0, and earlier players which can’t be upgraded based on earlier specs won’t be able to use all the new features and, in some cases, won’t play the discs at all. From an article on ArsTechnica, out of all the current Blu-Ray players on the market it looks like *only* the PS3 is upgradeable to the new spec. A Sony device.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. Let the format wars be ended, and let the movies flow forth!
Comment by Joe |
January 25, 2008
All this means nothing if all you have is an analog TV set. Which means standard DVD will be king for at least 3 more years.
So for now the vast majority of households could care less.
Comment by Bernard |
January 25, 2008
Well, yeah, most households couldn’t care less right now, but there is definitely a benefit to a new defacto HD format being decided on. It means movie studios can start concentrating on releasing their movies on just one HD format (not two), which probably makes them more likely to do so. This should increase the availability of movies in HD for those of us who do have HD players, and it’ll help speed up the adoption of that new HD technology by folks without it. As long as the format war was happening, many people were holding out and not getting anything. Once a format has been decided on, people who want to buy can start doing it. 🙂