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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RE[2]: What was wrong with HD-DVD?
by CowMan on Sun 6th Jan 2008 06:21 UTC in reply to "RE: What was wrong with HD-DVD?"
CowMan
Member since:
2006-09-26

What's interesting is that when quad-speed CD drives hit (and thus, single & double speed CD drives started to become affordable), hard drives were small: compared to a 40mb hard drive, a 650mb CD seemed impossibly large. Check out the MPC spec;

"The MPC 1 Specification defines the following minimum standard requirements: a 386SX or 486 CPU; 2 MB RAM; 30 MB hard disk; VGA video display; 8-bit digital audio subsystem; CD-ROM drive"

For an equivalent estimation of "future needs", and assuming say a 250gb drive as 'standard', the disc would have to hold 5TB. For their time, CD's were great and DVD's have been pretty good, we're just hitting 'diminishing returns' on optical media.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Exactly. Optical media is slow and vulnerable to damage. It also has a very high rate of imperfect copies.

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