Blu-ray Wins Format Wars

Sony's Blu-ray HD FormatWe will look back in a year or two and point to today as the day Sony won the battle with HD-DVD. Their signing of an exclusive with Warner Bros. for their Blu-ray disc format puts one of the final nails in the coffin for Toshiba and their partners. All that Sony has to do now is match prices for HD-DVD players and their victory will be complete.

Back in the day, I bought a Sony Beta VCR and watched the same thing happen inBlade Runner reverse so it’s fitting I own an HD-DVD player attached to our Xbox 360. Excuse me while I lick my wounds while watching the newly purchased Blade Runner HD-DVD.

In the final analysis, it probably doesn’t matter that much as optical media will be replaced by digital downloads. So companies like Microsoft, who are in the HD-DVD camp, will really not loose too much. And owners of HD-DVD players will probably get some good deals on close out movies in a few years.

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  1. A while back a friend of mine calculated the delivered data rate of a van full of disk drives. It was quite an impressive number. I’ll leave running the calculation with blu-ray as an exercise… but you might be surprised at the number of places (even in techie California) that still do not have economical broadband available. Optical media isn’t going away anytime soon!

  2. A while back a friend of mine calculated the delivered data rate of a van full of disk drives. It was quite an impressive number. I’ll leave running the calculation with blu-ray as an exercise… but you might be surprised at the number of places (even in techie California) that still do not have economical broadband available. Optical media isn’t going away anytime soon!

  3. Point taken, Jeff. The bandwidth of a NetFlix envelope is still pretty awesome. Just get one of those Sony players 😉

  4. Point taken, Jeff. The bandwidth of a NetFlix envelope is still pretty awesome. Just get one of those Sony players 😉

  5. I am definitley proud of Sony, after a rough launch and losing lots of cash with the PS3. They are finally in the lime light, but now if they dont deliver the good for the PS3, the early adopters are gonna be irate! So Sony has to keep full on support on all fronts and absolutely crush the 360 with exclusives. But on the flipside, if Microsoft decides to drop a Blu-ray player in their 360, Microsoft will be funding their primary competition. Thats gonna hurt a bit, because I dont think Sony will be nice. But on the other hand a trade may be in order, Sony allows MS to use the Blu-ray drive, while Microsoft handles online with BOTH consoles…Do I maybe smell something big on the horizon?

  6. I am definitley proud of Sony, after a rough launch and losing lots of cash with the PS3. They are finally in the lime light, but now if they dont deliver the good for the PS3, the early adopters are gonna be irate! So Sony has to keep full on support on all fronts and absolutely crush the 360 with exclusives. But on the flipside, if Microsoft decides to drop a Blu-ray player in their 360, Microsoft will be funding their primary competition. Thats gonna hurt a bit, because I dont think Sony will be nice. But on the other hand a trade may be in order, Sony allows MS to use the Blu-ray drive, while Microsoft handles online with BOTH consoles…Do I maybe smell something big on the horizon?

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