HP to support HD DVD

By Derek Sooman on December 19, 2005, 1:02 PM
As the DVD format wars rage on, HP has announced that it is to support HD DVD and that it will no longer support Blu-ray Disc format exclusively. The company will join the HD DVD Promotion Group. This may have been a result of HP asking the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to add two features, Mandatory Managed Copy and iHD support, to the format, and being told that iHD was not going to be available.

iHD is Microsoft's HD-oriented interactivity sub-system, and will ship with Windows Vista. The BDA has already chosen Java as the BD format's interactivity foundation, and has said that while it will consider including iHD in a future iteration of the specification, it's not going to delay BD's debut to shoehorn it in.

Sorry, HP effectively said, that's just not good enough, and we'll support HD DVD if you don't do what we want.

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PanicX said:
This article makes it sound like HP is leading an Exodus of the BluRay format camp, when in reality they're simply adopting both HD technologies to ensure that they can provide support for all the features they need. It doesn't seem unreasonable to be able to chose freely what supports your needs the best. And in turn it would be willful idiocy to blindly support one format regardless of what it can do and what you need it for.
Bartzy said:
HP also said that "It's all about the money". They don't take a stance in the fight for the next generation DVD's. They just think they will make more money from HD-DVD. For my understanding - They are right. Sony, Philips and Samsung are taking a wrong turn here with the Blueray.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I keep seeing this kind of stories - company A will support HD-DVD, company B will support BluRay.Are they prevented from supporting both?
PanicX said:
They're in no way prevented from adopting both positions, as HP is doing. It's simply a matter of pushing the industry in a particular direction. If you adopt both formats then you've basically invalidated your weight in the industry. If you push for a specific format and your format wins, you stand to save a considerable amount of R&D funds as you didn't waste anything on a dead format. Also a particular format may include features that your company stands to gain from (copy protection, cheap media, etc.) and lobbying for both formats would be foolhardy should the format that better suits your needs be swept under the rug.
mentaljedi said:
This war is getting more intersting by the day. I wonder when we'll see a possible winner come out of this.
Race said:
Personally, I'm growing annoyed that a single DVD format can't be decided upon.Maybe someone will come up with a hybrid device.... hardware that will work with both formats..... a variable aperture pickup, and variable target depth laser. I can dream, can't I?.
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