Toshiba has been given the seal of approval by the DVD consortium and are considered the official HD-DVD format. Sony has decided to give their proprietary format the nod with Blu-Ray.
The standard definition DVD format has a huge foothold on the home video market and they are expected to hold market share dominance for at least the next four to five years. Can either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray make a dent in the sales of standard definition DVDs? Or, will this format war end up with two casualties as DVD-Audio and Sony’s SACD discovered when they went up against the incumbent Compact Disc?
Both players have a few weaknesses and both players have a few things they do better than the other. HD-DVD, the format, seems to be walking proudly in its early days and even though it is far from maturing, the format is showing hints of greatness. Blu-Ray, on the other hand, looks like it was rushed to market solely for the purpose of getting on shelves. The format is forced to live on single-layer discs until they can master the manufacturing process of dual-layers. Supplements are almost non-existent. Blu-Ray should have been left in the oven a bit longer. HD-DVD players seemed rushed, but the format at least appears ready for the limelight. Blu-Ray is offering nothing but a better picture than standard definition for a higher cost. Read
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