CES, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD, DRM wars, Yahoo Go and more (The Dan and David Show)

CES, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD, DRM wars, Yahoo Go and more (The Dan and David Show)

Summary: In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we cover some of the happenings at CES, including the latest moves by Microsoft, Intel, Apple Yahoo, Google, Sony and others to corner their piece of of the digital convergence market. David also gives his lowdown on the Blue-ray versus HD-DVD battle, and we discuss the controversial DRM issues that accompany changes in content distribution models.

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In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we cover some of the happenings at CES, including the latest moves by Microsoft, Intel, Apple Yahoo, Google, Sony and others to corner their piece of of the digital convergence market. David also gives his lowdown on the Blue-ray versus HD-DVD battle, and we discuss the controversial DRM issues that accompany changes in content distribution models. We also speculate on Google's packaged software intentions and look into Yahoo's new Go services. The podcast can be delivered directly to your desktop or MP3 player if you're subscribed to our podcasts (See ZDNet’s podcasts: How to tune in).  For more on CES and other topics covered during the show, search our blog

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  • Blu-ray vrs. HD-DVD

    Blu-Ray has more storage capacity but only supports the Blu-Ray Format. So plan on shelling out a lot of change to replace your old DVDs (what some studios would like).

    HD-DVD has less capacity but supports standard DVD formats. The hardware is also 2/3s the cost of Blue Ray (in case anyone forgot VHS recorders were 2/3s the price of Betamax when they came out)

    Once again Sony (inventor of Betamax) has backed a standard that will probably lose. Consumers typicaly buy into the standard that costs them less.

    Both recorders will be available in consumer electronics versions. This is not a war of the PC versus consumer electronics manufacturers.

    Studio backing means nothing. Studios will flock to the standard that wins in the marketplace.
    kyron.gustafson@...
    • Blu-Ray Backward Compatible

      it's likely that all blu-ray players will be backward compatible to standard definition dvd's, too.

      http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/#2.4

      there are other differences between the two formats, but it would appear that the costs are significantly in favor of hd-dvd and the content availability is in favor of blu-ray.

      my personal opinion: i agree with the cnet editor who noted that, unless standing 3 feet or closer to a pair of 42-inch hdtv's, the difference between po (plain old) dvd and hd-dvd was indistinguishable. in a typical home situation, where one might be sitting a typical 8 to 12 feet from a typical 42-inch tv, he/she will experience no improvement going to either blu-ray or hd-dvd. for me, the need is for a widescreen tv to play my extensive dvd collection. i find neither hd format appealing att.

      mark d.
      markdoiron
      • Meant to Provide a Link

        apologies--meant to provide a link to that cnet ed's article:

        http://www.cnet.com/4520-11405_1-6415593-1.html

        mark d.
        markdoiron
      • DVD in High Definition

        High Definition Programming is still in it's infancy. If you look at Discovery's HD offerings compared to Network TV's HD offerings you would probably be astounded by the difference in quality.

        Plain DVDs can be played back with Progressive Scan to improve quality (480p instead of 480i), but they never look as good as something shot in HD.

        Good HD should look like you can reach out and touch it. So far I have not seen any DVD play back that well.
        kyron.gustafson@...
  • blue ray vs hd-dvd

    as a consumer i would like that the companies should reconcile their differences and accept the best of technology so that both the manufacturers as wells as the consumers could benifit.
    kbpanicker@...
  • blu-ray vs hd-dvd

    It,s a no brainer to make competing products. Both sides make a ton of money, while us poor bastards wait for the shake out. Then if your side wins, your a happy consumer. The losers (of course) end up buying the winners product. I'm tired of this crap. SO WOULD YOU PEOPLE STOP REPEATING HISTORY. WE COULD BE IN CHARGE.
    yorel
    • You're in Charge, Yorel!

      Yorel, you **are** in charge! you can chose to buy neither product. unless you plan to buy a tv that's 50" or larger, viewing from the typical 8-10 feet offers no improvement in the experience over plain old dvd.

      http://www.cnet.com/4520-11405_1-6415593-1.html

      what percentage of folks do you suppose will buy/need a 50" tv? that takes a pretty large house (okay, some folks will stick them in small homes, but a small home suggests a lower income and therefore most of them will be unable to afford it).

      bottom line is that the risk isn't that either format will win. the risk is that both formats will lose (think dvd-audio/sacd). personally, i have a hard time convincing myself to play in that game!

      mark d.
      markdoiron
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