February 15, 2008
Looks like the format war is really over. Walmart has decided to go Blu-ray exclusively, and it seems that Toshiba is ready to give up.
Settling on a single format is good for the industry, of course. And Blu-ray has a higher capacity than HD-DVD. Still, I nurse just a bit of a grudge for Sony regarding this whole thing, though I'm not really quite sure why. Maybe it's because I haven't liked their tactics. Regardless, I had this hope they were going to get a black eye out of it, but looks like it isn't going to happen.
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Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 15, 2008 06:01 PM (PiXy!)
The *real* stupidity is trying to push a new format, with all the high expense and conversion difficulties involved, when DVD is still entirely functional. I expect Blu-Ray will find its victory a mostly hollow one.
Posted by: metaphysician at February 15, 2008 08:17 PM (9Lztf)
I think part of the reason folks might have a grudge against Sony is because of their history of throwing up all kinds of stupid media ideas--like the Minidisc, or the UMD, for example--and then just kind of abandoning them, leaving people with a dead technology they thought was supposed to set the world on fire.
Still, now that I've finally found the Stupid Blu-Ray Trick that makes it look like it's supposed to look, I'm happier with the format.
Of course, in a year or two it'll be moot anyway, as everything will be downloadable in high definition with no physical medium needed other than a hard drive. I'm guessing.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 15, 2008 08:31 PM (fnoZ9)
Posted by: Author at February 15, 2008 08:45 PM (cFJHG)
Naturally, I have one in my Pile of Useless Gadgets. I think it's next to one of the Newtons.
Posted by: J Greely at February 15, 2008 08:52 PM (2XtN5)
Posted by: ubu at February 15, 2008 09:05 PM (h3L/F)
With hard-drive costs going through the floor, and flashdrive prices doing the same, well, MD and DAT will be going away pretty soon at the professional level (if it hasn't already... it's been a few years since I last worked in the radio biz).
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