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A roadmap for ending the high-def format quagmire

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#1 PS3Scene


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Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:52 AM

A roadmap for ending the high-def format quagmire
Posted by XanTium | 2-1-2008 23:52 EST

From cnet.com:

How many times over the past few months have you heard that "the worst is over" and the chances of the high-def format war finally coming to a close were increasing by the day? If you haven't heard it at least once, you're probably not reading the right stories.

But with all that going on, the war is officially a quagmire for both sides and the chances of getting out of this quickly are diminishing at an astounding rate. Consider this: as it stands, the Blu-ray camp commands roughly 49 percent DVD market share, while HD DVD is trailing slightly behind. To make matters worse, some reports suggest HD DVD may be gaining strength, although most buyers are sitting out.

So what's really going on with this war? Is there an end in sight? Even better, is there a solution in sight that can finally put this to rest? If you ask me, I think this could be over in a month if the Blu-ray camp follows three steps.

Step 1: Warner
Step 2: Slash prices on all players
Step 3: Get in contact with HD DVD's supporters and inform them of the bad news

Full Story: cnet.com

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:42 PM

Here is a more realistic roadmap.
  • Skip this generation
Both camps need to somehow magically make their format more convenient than regular old DVD. Not happening in '08.

But, between the 2, HD-DVD is more convenient than Blu-ray. Even users "in-the-know" are messed up by all the Blu-ray specs. Unless, the user owns a PS3. Then, the convenience is in not buying something new.

Different ways they could have improved convenience, if they would have just picked one:
  • make discs have mandatory backwards compatibility
  • move away from optical discs to solid state media (obviously not backwards compatible)
  • make discs more portable
  • content updates (not player updates) and/or exclusive web content via set top player
  • grille you ham & cheese sandwiches
  • massage your back
  • I am completely out of ideas, but I figured more bullets would make it look like I had this well thought out.
DVD stomped out VHS not because of video quality but because of convenience.
Proof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-VHS

Edited by throwingks, 03 January 2008 - 03:02 PM.

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