Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD

Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray (BD) remoteConsumer format wars typically have little effect on the day to day professional lives of my clients or me. How the stuff gets distributed is of little interest to me. As long as they watch, I’m happy.

For all the hype of the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray, you’d think someone would state the obvious. Blu-ray can’t lose. The Playstation 3 is a Blu-ray player. In fact it’s the least expensive Blu-ray player on the market at $499 and $599.

That means come Christmas morning there will be a couple of hundred thousand Blu-ray players under the tree. That’s a hell of a lot more than have been sold as standalone Blu-ray and HD-DVD players to date. Since Xbox 360 and Wii aren’t due for an update for a long time, HD-DVD doesn’t have a similar stealth method into the living room.

Just think how many people who wouldn’t consider buying an HD-DVD or Blu-ray until the format wars are settled are playing a role in picking the victor.

Why does the TV Weasel suddenly care about consumer formats? Because authoring for HD-DVD and Blu-ray are two distinct skills. I have no interest in learning how to author a soon to be obscure format. If I create Blu-ray content, I can reasonably expect a few hundred million people to be able to watch in the next three or four years. No such guarantee exists for HD-DVD.

It can’t be this simple. I must be missing something. Someone make the case for HD-DVD.

Did I mention the PS3, more so than the video iPod, might turn out to be IPTVs killer device? I’ll report on that after Christmas.

One Thought on “Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD

  1. Same strategy as Sony used with PS2 – the cheapest DVD player of the day.


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