Format Wars, Episode II: The DVD

(reg. req.) A detailed story on the format wars in DVD market: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray. The two camps are trying to strike a last-minute deal and agree on common technical standards.

Major Hollywood studios exacerbate the problem by splitting their support between the two formats, each of which promises to deliver richly detailed pictures and cinema-quality sound. Both types also will play current DVDs. Guided by differing visions for the high-definition future, half of the studios have announced plans to release HD DVD discs, and the other half are expected to back Blu-ray.

A great read…