Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 5th Jan 2008 04:08 UTC
Multimedia, AV While this might be a bold statement, all things point to this. Blu-Ray was already winning in market share slowly but surely, and today's Warner decision to go BD-only puts the final nails into this HD format war as Warner is the biggest movie distributor. The HD-DVD Group didn't seem to know about Warner's decision and they canceled their CES conference out of the blu tonight, amidst making vague references to possible legal action. My take: I wish Blu-Ray had a region-free policy like HD-DVD does. Living in USA today but one day moving to Europe, it will have an impact in my media library.
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Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

Well said. The two formats are almost identical, with Blu-Ray only having some edges in storage etc, while HD-DVD is region-free. But as I said, overall for the casual viewer, the two formats are pretty much identical. There's no "better and worse", neither Microsoft is "bad at codecs". This was simply a strategic war, not a technology one.

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dopey Member since:
2006-08-04

Ive got a ps3, which is completely region free (x360 isnt), Looking at some of the films I have:

1. Casino Royale Blu Ray, On the back says all regions aka region free (a,b,c are different regions)
2. Resident Evil Apocalypse all regions (aka region free)
3. Click (Adam Sandler) region B only.

So I guess, Blu ray as a media/medium is region free. The region lock in is probably to do with the distributor.

check here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_DVD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc

.. Just found out hd-dvd capable of 17x3 layers == 51 Gigs. Although currently 34G, I guess (dual layer)

BD == 25x2 no triple layer disks talked about so max 50 Gigs but on two layers. Is a third layer possible? that would make storage 75G per disk, which is huge really.

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tsuraan Member since:
2006-01-16

I believe the blu-ray spec allows for 6 layers; a press release from TDK talking about previews of their 200GB disks is here:

http://www.tdk.com/procommon/press/article.asp?site=con&recid=140

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tryphcycle Member since:
2006-02-16

"This was simply a strategic war, not a technology one"

very true! so.... personally, i am happy to see MS loose yet another battle!

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