Latest in the DVD format war

By Derek Sooman on
What's the latest in the next generation DVD format war? Well, where were we? Talks between Sony and Toshiba to bring in a unified format came to nothing after Toshiba walked away, announcing that the HD-DVD discs were ready. There was no hope, it seemed, for the two formats to be married on a technical level. However, it seems that this was not quite the truth.

Truth is that the compromise between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD has nothing to do with technical difficulties, and, as always, the financial impediments are the ones stalling the negotiations. Itís hard to believe that the two companies wonít be able to solve the technical issues, and itís more tangible that the problem is who gets the bigger cut.
More likely than not, the disagreements in this war are not about technological issues, rather they are about financial ones. Whoever controls this new format will have an enormous influence over the movie industry, and that means huge profits. As always, itís profits first and consumers second.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.