Format Wars: Strange Bedfellows

October 5, 2006

To the uninitiated Blu-ray and HD DVD may seem like oil and water and while that may be true from a compatibility standpoint, don’t think for one second manufacturer allegiances to one format over the other preclude companies from working with the competing format. Exhibit One: the ‘Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation’ a joint venture […]

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HD Audio, the Second Go-Round

September 28, 2006

A funny thing happened about six years ago, two audio formats were introduced that offered superior sound to the compact disc; what’s funny about this you ask? by and large no one cared. But that’s not to say that all of us ignored SACD and DVD-A, however if anyone was looking for an excuse the […]

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Faulty Logic with Dual-Format Discs

September 20, 2006

I can’t help but think the news reports of Warner Brothers filing a patent for a dual-format Blu-ray – HD DVD disc, or “multilayer dual optical disk” as its referred to in the patent, missed the big picture.(pun) Dual format discs won’t solve the format war. The very notion the existence of a dual-format disc […]

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PS3 Launch Scaled Back, Delayed in Europe

September 6, 2006

The PlayStation 3’s global launch suffered another setback this morning, as further delays and reduced North American allocations of the popular game console were announced by Sony corporate in Japan. Sony’s Ken Kutaragi

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Warner Bros. Little Secret in the Format War

September 3, 2006

It’s amazing the kind of things you can stumble upon while looking at old quotes for references in future articles. For example let’s say you were trying to get some background information on how the studios arrived at which format(s) to support. Google being the vast resource of current and archived information it is, provides […]

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Samsung’s BD-P1000, 50GB Discs and The Digital Bit’s

August 30, 2006

Before I get started I want to say that unfortunately the format war has already resulted in polarizing opinions to the point of hostility and resentment between supporters of the respective camps. This is truly regrettable but again unfortunately not entirely avoidable. Unlike the VHS vs. Beta debate we now have to contend with the […]

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The High Definition DVD Advertising Blitz

August 24, 2006

Recently I ran across an article by Craig Birkmaier over at Broadcast Engineering that really struck a lot of good points. Craig rightfully points out that sports and not movies have proved the killer app (thus far) in convincing consumers that it’s time for a HDTV. It’s not that the idea of pre-recorded HD movies […]

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Sony: “We haven’t started manufacturing [PS3] yet”

August 20, 2006

As we’re just under three months away from the PS3’s worldwide launch combined with the fact some insist the launch will play a critical factor in Blu-ray’s success, I felt it was time to revisit earlier discussions about the PS3 and its impact in the format war. To some degree or another, the Sony PlayStation […]

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Format Wars: The First Six Weeks

August 16, 2006

File this one under the no-real-shocker heading but some retailers are already reporting that in the first six weeks HD DVD and Blu-ray were available to consumers, neither set any new sales records. It’s a bit odd to even report on what everyone and their brother predicted as a given but there are some interesting […]

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Widescreen Review & Joe Kane on Blu-ray

August 15, 2006

In the latest Widescreen Review newsletter Managing Editor Danny Richelieu and Editor-In-Chief/Publisher Gary Reber, recap a recent phone conversation with WSR Contributing Editor Joe Kane. Many of you no doubt will remember some of the controversy Mr. Kane incited surrounding his interview with CineNow but much of what was discussed in the WSR phone interview […]

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