Blu-ray and HD-DVD Join Forces.

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  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    Blu-ray and HD-DVD Join Forces
    Sony and Toshiba to team up on a new, unified next-gen format. Where
    does PS3 fit in?
    by Matt Casamassina

    April 21, 2005 - According to a report by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun,
    the next-generation format war may be over before it ever starts. The
    Japanese newspaper on Thursday published with news that Sony and
    Toshiba are expected to make an announcement later this month that
    they have abandoned the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats respectively and
    are working on a new medium that will bring together both standards.

    Sony, a leading member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, announced last
    year that it would include a Blu-ray drive in its forthcoming
    next-generation console, PlayStation 3.More than 100 companies,
    including Apple, Panasonic, HP, and Pioneer, support Blu-ray, which
    promises up to 50 gigabytes of storage on a single disc side. Toshiba
    leads the opposing format, HD-DVD.

    While it is commonly accepted that Blu-ray discs offer more storage
    space than HD-DVDs, electronics companies and Hollywood studios have
    remained divided over the two formats due in large to the
    manufacturing processes. In short, the DVD infrastructures already in
    place would serve HD-DVD manufacturers. However, costly new facilities
    and operations would need to be created in order to support the
    Blu-ray format.

    Sony and Toshiba have remained in negotiations on the subject for
    weeks, with key company executives from each camp dropping hints that
    a unified standard would be optimal.

    The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports that, having reached an agreement
    that a new, unified standard would be the best thing for the industry,
    Sony and Toshiba are now in the process of designing the new standard,
    which seeks to take the strengths from each medium and combine them.

    Sony has reportedly suggested using Blu-ray's disc structure and
    HD-DVD's software technology while Toshiba has suggested keeping
    HD-DVD's disc structure and applying Sony's multi-layer data-recording

    The Japanese paper reports that both companies are eager to reach an
    agreement in order to avoid the format wars that initially confused
    consumers and hindered both the VHS and DVD eras. The two electronics
    giants have already briefed major Hollywood studios including Disney
    and AOL Time Warner on the idea of a new, unified standard, according
    to the paper.

    The big question is, what does this news mean for PlayStation 3, which
    is scheduled to release sometime next year? The very probable answer
    is that the next-generation machine will drop Sony's announced Blu-ray
    drive in favor of hardware that instead plays this new,
    still-announced format compromise.

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    Allan, Apr 22, 2005
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  2. Allan

    Black Locust Guest

    In article <>,
    Allan <> wrote:

    > Blu-ray and HD-DVD Join Forces
    > Sony and Toshiba to team up on a new, unified next-gen format. Where
    > does PS3 fit in?
    > by Matt Casamassina

    You're about 3 days late with this news, dumbass. You can't even keep up
    with the very technology you're constantly hyping up anymore. Go away.
    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
    They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people,
    and neither do we." - George Dumbya Bush
    Black Locust, Apr 24, 2005
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