February 15, 2008

Format wars over?

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.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 01:44 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 I sorted of wanted both formats to fail, because of the sheer arrogance and stupidity required to launch two incompatible formats.  But at least it's settled now.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 15, 2008 06:01 PM (PiXy!)

2 Nothing arrogant or stupid about incompatible formats, unless incompatibility is their only intended feature.  Its just annoying for the customers.

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)

4 Anyone noticed that ENOZ was writing their music to fan-supplied minidisks? Instead of just burning CDs? Not bad for something so presumably dead, although I'd like to know if Sony paid KyoAni.

Posted by: Author at February 15, 2008 08:45 PM (cFJHG)

5 The corpse of MD is apparently still propped up in Japan. Until fairly recently, there were some old portable MD players that still commanded a good price in the US, because they were terrific for bootlegging live concerts.

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)

6 My h8 for Sony is thanks to the Sony Online Entertainment division.  I eventually forgave them for EQ, but it will be a bitterly cold day in hell before I forgive them for what they did to Star Wars Galaxies.  I keep hoping LucasArts would yank the license (I even wrote begging them to) but there is no justice in the world.

Posted by: ubu at February 15, 2008 09:05 PM (h3L/F)

7 I'm actually quite fond of the MiniDisc format, though my player died some years ago.  I know there are still some radio stations using them as an easily-transportable recording medium (though it's dying quickly with the advent of digital storage), along with DAT for in-house recordings.

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).

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 16, 2008 02:31 AM (AW3EJ)

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