Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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by netpython on Thu 30th Aug 2007 14:23 UTC
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The article is a bit flawed. There're market players who produce products capable of playing both the mentioned contents. A Blue Ray or HDVD player is expensive because it's relative new technology. The research costs have to be earned back one way or another. Without competition any company would let us pay into oblivion.

DRM does exist despite competition. Solely because not everyone allways follows the appropiate paths. People do steal, crack, and whatever "inapropiate" behaviour. I dare say even if only one company would provide either Blue Ray HDVD or whatever high-def content there would still be DRM.

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