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September 27, 2005

Intel, Microsoft endorse HD DVD

Posted by David Hunter at 2:30 AM ET.

Stephen Shankland at CNET:

Intel and Microsoft are combining their computing industry power in an attempt to make the HD DVD format the victor in a battle over a standard to succeed DVD.

Typical DVDs today can hold 4.7GB of information, but two dueling camps are trying to establish a larger-capacity format that will be allow for the recording of high-definition television and the backing up of more data. HD DVD, supported by a Toshiba-led consortium, is up against Blu-ray Disc, backed by Sony and allies including the two biggest personal computer manufacturers, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

Intel and Microsoft believe weighing in on the HD DVD side will be enough to tip the balance. “We have a high expectation of having a single format, and that format is HD DVD,” said Intel spokesman Bill Kircos.

Needless to say, the Blu-ray side disagrees. The Microsoft press release is here.

Update: Joe Wilcox sees it as Microsoft and Intel versus the consumer electronics companies and Tony Smith at The Register has a further assessment of motivations and news of a player from Samsung that will handle both formats.

Filed under Alliances, Blu-ray, Coopetition, Dell, HD DVD, HP, Hardware

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