I was thinking about BluRay/HD-DVD and talking with some friends and
the topic of SACD/DVDA came up and then on to iPods...
Anyway, it seems that in the music industry at this point, we were in a
similar (if somewhat more mature) point as in home video. Technology
advanced and then there came a very sharp choice available: Increased
fidelity (SACD/DVDA) or increased convenience (mp3, iPod and clones).
Market clearly favored mp3s (for a variety of reasons, not all directly
analogous to home video).
So, now as hi-res dvd is approaching, i wonder if the public will
similarly discount increased video fidelity? I wonder if it is
possible (or likely) that Standard Definiton/resolution DVD would be
put on the HD-DVD discs. Since the data capacity of these discs is so
great (what, BluRay says something like 25G/layer and potentially up to
8 layers?), they could possibly put (say) an entire season (or series,
maybe?) of FRIENDS on a single HD-DVD/BR disc.
Big Corps have a history of misjudging the public (for example, their
initial lack of desire to put TV Shows on dvd). SD on HD discs could
gain similar momentum and could potentially be the "killer app/feature"
of the high res format. I'm not so sure that Joe Public cares or
necessarily wants HD-DVD/BR.
it seems fairly interesting and may also be the way to get people to
buy HD players... (some of us still have SD tvs and aren't going to
upgrade for a while)