Make War, Not DVDs

The Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD fight has a chance to take a more...collaborative turn.

I still don't think a new DVD format is going to be terribly popular for a while, since the benefits of switching formats yet again seem to be quite small. Not that many people have a home entertainment system that can do justice to the leap from DVDs to even higher precision. Unless you can offer some serious changes from current DVDs (much as CDs did over tape), I'm betting it stays in the realm of HD-TV and lingers on as a toy for the early adopters and true afficianodos.

But that's just my guess. I'm often wrong.

Here's a funny quote from the story:

"The most important thing to understand here is no one really wants a format war," said the source who asked not to be named.

No, not "ha-ha" funny. Funny in that way that makes me scratch my head. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind a format war at all. SInce I have absolutely no plans to invest in yet another player and yet another copy of a movie I really did think I'd watch enough times to warrant buying on disc, I'd be more than happy to see the two sides slug it out. Make them better, cheaper, faster, whatever. I'm not paying. And if I finally do cave in and buy the new format, I'll be far more likely to believe I've gotten the better technology. Betamax might have been better for images, but it wasn't a better system.

No, the companies don't want the format war, since there's a chance one of them might lose. Me, I say the ability to have winner and a loser is better incentive for a company to try harder. So, ladies and gentlemen, have at it.


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