Blu-Ray`HD-DVD merge into single unified format

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    next-generation high-density high-definition blue-laser DVD format war
    OVER !


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    http://ps2.ign.com/articles/606/606547p1.html

    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?

    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 technology.

    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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    , Apr 21, 2005
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