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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Pick a better target
by Luminair on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:22 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

Greed is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; HD DVD would be alone if Sony didn't have a history of wanting to make more money pushing their special systems with their restrictive licenses.

Greed is why DRM exists. Some companies believe strong control over their content is the best way to sell more content because they can prevent sharing. Others look at it in reverse: content sharing creates more consumers who are then, in a moral and just society, willing to reward the content creator fairly for his or her work.

Competition is why we are alive and Homo habilis is dead, not why Bluray and DRM exist. So you're backwards -- the existence of Bluray creates competition, not the other way around.

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RE: Pick a better target
by zetsurin on Thu 30th Aug 2007 16:46 in reply to "Pick a better target"
zetsurin Member since:
2006-06-13

"Greed is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; HD DVD would be alone if Sony didn't have a history of wanting to make more money pushing their special systems with their restrictive licenses."

That's moronic and delusional. Do you think out of all the players involved in these two competing formats, it's just Sony that is doing wrong?

Ever heard of Microsoft? They have a like of prioprietary that would make even Sony blush. And for every Sony format, there is one or more other formats - all proprietary! Reality check indeed.

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RE: Pick a better target
by edwdig on Thu 30th Aug 2007 17:23 in reply to "Pick a better target"
edwdig Member since:
2005-08-22

Greed is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; HD DVD would be alone if Sony didn't have a history of wanting to make more money pushing their special systems with their restrictive licenses.

Sony isn't the bad guy here. They created Blu-Ray from scratch, trying to create the best format. The end result was different enough from DVD that it was more cost effective to build new factories than to try to modify the existing factories to make Blu-Ray discs.

A few companies didn't like that, and decided to sacrifice disc capacity to create a format that could be manufactured with minimal changes to the existing factories.

Now, the complications. People aren't in any rush to move to HD, partly due to the slow uptake of HD in general, and partly due to the format confusion. Demand for normal DVDs is going up, so the manufacturers have to make new factories anyway, which presumably are being built with the ability to make any of the 3 types of disc, greatly reducing the advantage of HD-DVD.

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RE: Pick a better target
by Robocoastie on Fri 31st Aug 2007 14:25 in reply to "Pick a better target"
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

"Greed is why DRM exists. Some companies believe strong control over their content is the best way to sell more content because they can prevent sharing."

Good point. I hear MSFT's DRM schemes built into Vista defended because "they are just what they have to as the production companies mandated the DRM" - that's nonsense because a)MSFT invented WM DRM in the first place and b)MSFT owns and promotes HD-DVD.

So it's not HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray, its MSFT vs. Sony.

Don't believe either one of their smoke and mirror acts.

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