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October 21, 2005

This week’s Blu-Ray vs HD DVD scorecard

Posted by David Hunter at 1:06 PM ET.

Who needs football?

Warner Bros. Backs Blu-Ray DVD Format

HP Backs Off Blu-ray Support Over DRM or more precisely, HP Asks For Blu-ray Change in Next-Gen DVD Battle

Forrester: Blu-ray winning drawn-out format war
(Original here)

Gates: Blu-ray DRM is ‘Anti-Consumer’ and Gates: Blu-ray “The Last Physical Format, Ever”

Blu-ray Drives Due Next Month and Blu Ray Ship Dates Announced

and last, but not least – China to develop its own DVD format:

For the second time in two years, China has announced plans to develop its own next-generation DVD standard to break the monopoly of foreign companies and avoid paying heavy licensing fees.

If successful, the move could add a new wrinkle to the battle between HD DVD and the competing Blu-ray Disc formats over which will become the dominant new DVD standard.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the new standard will be based on but incompatible with HD DVD, which is being promoted by Toshiba Corp. and Universal Studios, as well as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., the leading suppliers of chips and software for most of the world’s personal computers.

If you haven’t been keeping up, the previous episode is here.

Update: Peter Burrows has a nice summary at Business Week.



Filed under Bill Gates, Blu-ray, Coopetition, Executives, HD DVD, HP, Hardware, Sony

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2 Responses to “This week’s Blu-Ray vs HD DVD scorecard”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » HP backs both Blu-ray and HD DVD Says:

    [...] HP had originally been a supporter of the Blu-ray format favored by Sony for next generation DVD’s over the rival HD DVD format touted by Microsoft. Then they had second thoughts and started waffling. Now they have made it official – they support both: Hewlett-Packard has announced it will support both contenders to be the next generation of DVDs, a change of tack that could raise the chances of an expensive format war. [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Could the High Definition DVD picture get more fuzzy? Says:

    [...] You may recall that Toshiba, Intel, and Microsoft are backing the HD DVD format (although Vista will not support it initially), while Sony and the movie studios are supporting Blu-ray along with Dell and HP (although HP is waffling). Well, here’s the latest. [...]

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