Blu-ray Disc movement slams Intel and Microsoft

By Derek Sooman on October 2, 2005, 12:11 PM
Those behind the Blu-ray Disc (BD) movement have slammed Microsoft and Intel for saying that HD DVD is the superior next-generation optical disc format for PCs, claiming that such statements are "not aligned" with the "vast majority" of computer industry participants.

"Microsoft and Intel's announcement erroneously indicates that HD-DVD has an advantage in a number of areas," they claimed, pointing to the chip and software giants' statement that HD DVD offers a greater storage capacity than BD.
Dell and HP have challenged the notion put forward that HD DVD is the only format to allow users to make controlled copies of the content stored on the disc, claiming that Blu-ray Disc supports the AACS copy-protection system too.

BD also provides scope for hybrid discs, backward compatibility with DVD, the ability to operate in slimline drives for notebook PCs and a high degree of interactivity, all features MS and Intel claimed were only available with HD DVD, the PC vendors said.




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ParticleHunter said:
Logical... what can we expect from the Intel & Microsoft marriage, after all?As I said in a related post... they'll make us upgrade they way they want and WHEN they want..But, at least, someone has taken the guts to respond to the HD-DVD plot ;)
Julio said:
It just occurred to me... Blu-Ray = Sony's backed format = PS3 preferred next-gen format... while Microsoft will want to oppose that and go with HD-DVD?
geekster said:
I dont understand how Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are going to compete with Holographic storage having less cost and a 100 times the capacity ?
ParticleHunter said:
[b]Originally posted by geekster:[/b][quote]I dont understand how Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are going to compete with Holographic storage having less cost and a 100 times the capacity ?[/quote]but Holographic storage (the pseudo-final implementation of the once-supposed-to-be Fluorescent Multi-layer Disc (FMD)) isn't going to be on the shelves for us for quite a bit of time, and anyway... isn't going to have the original specs for FMD...FMD was supposed to store 250GB on disc with red laser, with blue laser it was supposed to store up to 1TB... let's see how many bytes of data will we be able to store HoloDisc on it once it's deployed in the market
ParticleHunter said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]It just occurred to me... Blu-Ray = Sony's backed format = PS3 preferred next-gen format... while Microsoft will want to oppose that and go with HD-DVD?[/quote]Just a matter of business, I suppose... the idea behind of HD-DVD isn't bad at all... being able to deploy HD content is great but... at what price? and... this is another example of ridiculous market fight... we're who must take the benefit of competing technologies, but it just seems that Microsoft and Intel (among the other companies interested in the proliferation of HD-DVD) are looking for a way to compete with Blu-Ray... and we'll end having another technology with a 5/6 year lifespan before they come up with something 'new'...I'm not a Sony fanboy but... let's take a look at the numbers... how many time Sony has mantained its MiniDisc format? as long as 10/12 years if I remember correctly... DAT tapes? more or less the same... 10/12, maybe a bit more time... and now comes Blu-Ray... so I think we could have another 10/12 year lifespan with full product support from several vendors, while we're tied to another 5/6 year lifespan with HD-DVD...Time to vote ;)
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