It's content that drives the adoption of new technology

It's content that drives the adoption of new technology

Summary: Many companies still seem to be missing the point. Outside of a small number of tech-heads, it's content that drives the adoption of new technology, not how cool the technology actually is.

TOPICS: Tech Industry

Many companies still seem to be missing the point.  Outside of a small number of tech-heads, it's content that drives the adoption of new technology, not how cool the technology actually is.

Two areas where this simple but trustworthy rule of thumb has been forgotten are home entertainment and games consoles.  Take the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray format war.  There's only one way that this format war is going to be won, and that's when one side or another attains a critical mass of quality content that the other side doesn't have.  Not many people are going to shell out a few hundred bucks on a HD DVD or Blu-ray player just for the privilege of being able to play a few films, especially when you can get the content on DVD format that works almost as well. 

I remember when I made the shift from VHS to DVD.  I waited until there was enough content about to justify buying my first DVD player.  Within months of that purchase I'd amassed quite a DVD library (although I'm still adding to it at the rate of several discs per month at least).  I now own several DVD players and can watch a DVD pretty much anywhere in the house.  The other day I started looking at some HD DVD and Blu-ray titles available and what I was looking for was extras on the disc.  I'm not going to buy an HD DVD or Blu-ray player just to have it working as a DVD player and there's no way I'm re-buying a movie I have on DVD on either of the new formats unless there's a significant amount of new, compelling content.  In the meantime I'm sticking with DVD.  I also don't care that much about which format is cracked to make copying possible since the file sizes are so large as to make any rip too big to handle conveniently.  Again, DVD is more than adequately meets my needs.

Same is true for games consoles.  Both Microsoft are desperate to push games consoles but when you look closely at them there's little in the way of compelling content backing up the games console.  Sure, each console has a game or two that's unique, but again, how many people are willing to buy a games console for a couple of games?  Not many, and the sales statistics back me up.  Sony has made some serious blunders during the marketing of the PS3 by concentrating too much on the technology inside the box rather than the games available for it.


Topic: Tech Industry

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  • Blu-Ray will lose...

    ... unless Sony agrees to license it for, ummm... "adult content." Up until now, they have refused to do so, but that type of content is what drives the adoption of most content-delivery technology, and so it will be with high-definition DVDs.
    • I Agree ummm... "adult content." is a part of it...

      I think that the one with the most movies(bought) available will win.
  • I couldn't agree more

    Think of it, just how many movies are there that take more than one DVD, other than adding the "bonus" (read: weren't good enough to make the final cut) features? I can think of about three at the moment. And there won't be many more, even the HD movies should be able to fit on a double-layer DVD if the studios weren't enticed to use BR/HD by the drive manufacturers. Remember, why are movies the length they are? Because that way the theater operators can have a showing just about every two hours and maximize revenue. Around here, anyway, they don't charge more just because movie X lasts longer than movie Y.

    "Adult" content requiring BR/HD? Reminds me of an old "Newhart" episode where his secretary Carol goes to a new movie she had not heard of with some guy and they had showings at 7:00, 7:07, 7:14, 7:21, ... . That won't hardly require the new formats (I know, I know, but I love the joke anyway).
    • Should be interesting

      Most of the "adult" content from the last few decades wasn't shot on film but on videotape or digitally instead. Any movie shot on film can be converted to HD and will look great (assuming the original print is okay).

      So one might expect that pre-1980 adult titles might be the first ones to HD. But the more likely outcome is that you'll be able to buy huge compilation high-definition DVDs, with many movies and/or scenes on one disc rather than buying multiple-disc sets.

      Either way, if Sony won't license Blu-Ray for anything with an X or NC-17 rating, the standard it doomed.
      • All the movies out there X and NC-17 make up..

        a very small majority.