HD DVD guys: You don't need no steenkin' 50 GB (of Blu-ray's capacity)

HD DVD guys: You don't need no steenkin' 50 GB (of Blu-ray's capacity)

Summary: HD-DVD and Blu-ray are two competing formats for the forthcoming wave of High Definition video on DVDs.  They use the same laser technology but have enough differences (platter design, financial backers, etc.

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HD-DVD and Blu-ray are two competing formats for the forthcoming wave of High Definition video on DVDs.  They use the same laser technology but have enough differences (platter design, financial backers, etc.) to make them completely incompatible with each other.   According to BetaNews, the HD-DVD camp was slingin' mud at the Blu-ray camp during CES saying that any claims of superiority based on Blu-ray's 50 GB capacity (vs. HD-DVD's 30GB) are bogus because that capacity will never get used.  Even better, BetaNews says the Blu-ray camp admits the HD-DVD camp is right:

...because of Blu-ray's complicated design, HD DVD will triumph in the format war [said a HD-DVD camp representative]....Through the use of better codec technology, such space is not actually needed for high-definition movies. In fact, Blu-ray admitted to BetaNews that most discs won't go beyond the 25GB mark.

Thanks to ZDNet reader Derek Flickinger for the link.  

Update: Meanwhile, EETimes has a story saying that Blu-ray will prevail.

Topic: CES

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  • Blu-ray guys are refusing to implement managed copy

    If I can't have managed copy, I don't want it.
    george_ou
    • What is your source george?

      George,

      I just did a quick searc, found the following two articles which nowhere states that they are not going to implement MMC, one says it's under consideration and the other one says that it's implemented, but iHD is not implemented on Blue ray?

      http://www.compoundsemiconductor.net/articles/news/10/1/1

      http://www.compoundsemiconductor.net/articles/news/10/1/1

      I could point you to some more articles, but unfortunately they are in Dutch (even one on zdnet.nl which states that MMC is implemented on Blue Ray)

      As a true Dutchman i off course prefer Blue Ray as it is supported by Philips (though their track record is not flawless with respect to this, remember V2000 (VCR system which was technically superior to VHS and Betamax), DCC (digital compact casette) )
      tombalablomba
      • NO DRM is better

        DRM is bad for consumers period. it does not matter witch illegal DRM they put in, it will be crack in a matter of days (thank god!)

        The format that will be the winner will be the one that will be clean of it's anti-consumers compoment (AKA cracked) first, as it will gain popularity faster.
        Mectron
  • "You'll never need it" argument fatally flawed

    The DOS 640k memory limit - need I say more?

    No matter how much space is provided, whether it be RAM, ROM or disk, people will find new ways to use it up until, 2-3 years later, even the extra space is no longer enough.
    dmclean@...
    • What he said...

      [b]The DOS 640k memory limit - need I say more?[/b]

      Right now, my computer sports TWO 250 GB drives. If I was to do a [u]complete[/u] backup, using the blu ray discs, I'd need about 10 discs - using no compression and assuming both drives were full to the gills.

      As far as I'm concerned, 50 GB just ain't enough. Gimme double that capacity!

      Granted, it IS an improvement over regular DVDs... I'd need a stack of 107 single sided, single layer blank DVDs to do the whole job. 107 down to 10 is an improvement.
      Wolfie2K3
  • RE: HD DVD guys: You don't need no steenkin' 50 GB (of Blu-ray's capacity)

    I'm staying with my regular DVDs, no fancy crap. Both will fail miserably. I was right about HD DVD now watch Blu-Ray, sony's betamax go right down the toilet! Serves them right too after single handedly ruining the PS3
    job1866@...