Microsoft and Intel to Support HD-DVD.

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_and_Intel_to_Support_HDDVD/1127787846



    Microsoft and Intel to Support HD-DVD
    By Nate Mook, BetaNews
    September 26, 2005, 10:24 PM

    JUST IN Microsoft and Intel are expected on Tuesday to pledge their
    support for HD-DVD, the next-generation DVD format created by Toshiba.
    Microsoft had previously remained neutral in the standards war between
    HD-DVD and Sony-backed Blu-ray, as the company's VC-1 Windows Media
    Video codec will be included with both formats.

    The announcement isn't that surprising, however. Microsoft's Xbox will
    soon begin a fierce battle with Sony's Blu-ray capable PlayStation 3
    for living room dominance, and the company inked a deal in April for
    Warner Home Video to use VC-1 in its HD-DVD discs.

    Other Microsoft rivals, including Apple and Sun, have thrown their
    support behind Blu-ray. Sun's Java Virtual Machine technology will
    power the menus and multimedia features in the new format.

    In June, Microsoft also entered into a wide-ranging agreement with
    Toshiba that enables the two companies to share hardware and software
    technologies. At the time, Microsoft said it would investigate the
    feasibility of an HD-DVD player running Windows CE.

    But in the end, copyright controls may have been the deciding factor
    for Microsoft and Intel. As the companies push out more Media Center
    enabled PCs, the movement of protected content around the home becomes
    an important factor.

    Blu-ray will include advanced watermarking technology that favors
    standalone consumer electronics devices by requiring authorization
    codes built into the hardware to access content. Such security
    features could make it difficult for consumers bouncing video from a
    PC to a TV, or those streaming content between networked computers.

    Backing from "Wintel" and other PC heavyweights could prove an
    important boost for HD-DVD, which has been losing momentum to Blu-ray
    in recent months. Toshiba acknowledged in late August that its
    high-definition DVD format would not be ready by the end of the year
    as originally planned, pushing HD-DVD into early 2006.

    Still, it's unclear whether consumers will even express interest in
    high-definition DVD - especially with the confusion a fractured
    marketplace will bring. Movie studios could create hybrid discs that
    also contain original DVD content, but that won't encourage users to
    make the leap into HD.







    "Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game
    because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable from
    -- self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time."
    - Neil Stephenson, _Cryptonomicon_
     
    Allan, Sep 27, 2005
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  2. Allan

    David Z Guest

    Microsoft have to also support Blu-ray. If you buy a Blu-ray drive for your
    PC, Windows XP will have to recognize it. By that logic, Microsoft also
    supports Blu-ray.

    "Allan" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_and_Intel_to_Support_HDDVD/1127787846
    >
    >
    >
    > Microsoft and Intel to Support HD-DVD
    > By Nate Mook, BetaNews
    > September 26, 2005, 10:24 PM
    >
    > JUST IN Microsoft and Intel are expected on Tuesday to pledge their
    > support for HD-DVD, the next-generation DVD format created by Toshiba.
    > Microsoft had previously remained neutral in the standards war between
    > HD-DVD and Sony-backed Blu-ray, as the company's VC-1 Windows Media
    > Video codec will be included with both formats.
    >
    > The announcement isn't that surprising, however. Microsoft's Xbox will
    > soon begin a fierce battle with Sony's Blu-ray capable PlayStation 3
    > for living room dominance, and the company inked a deal in April for
    > Warner Home Video to use VC-1 in its HD-DVD discs.
    >
    > Other Microsoft rivals, including Apple and Sun, have thrown their
    > support behind Blu-ray. Sun's Java Virtual Machine technology will
    > power the menus and multimedia features in the new format.
    >
    > In June, Microsoft also entered into a wide-ranging agreement with
    > Toshiba that enables the two companies to share hardware and software
    > technologies. At the time, Microsoft said it would investigate the
    > feasibility of an HD-DVD player running Windows CE.
    >
    > But in the end, copyright controls may have been the deciding factor
    > for Microsoft and Intel. As the companies push out more Media Center
    > enabled PCs, the movement of protected content around the home becomes
    > an important factor.
    >
    > Blu-ray will include advanced watermarking technology that favors
    > standalone consumer electronics devices by requiring authorization
    > codes built into the hardware to access content. Such security
    > features could make it difficult for consumers bouncing video from a
    > PC to a TV, or those streaming content between networked computers.
    >
    > Backing from "Wintel" and other PC heavyweights could prove an
    > important boost for HD-DVD, which has been losing momentum to Blu-ray
    > in recent months. Toshiba acknowledged in late August that its
    > high-definition DVD format would not be ready by the end of the year
    > as originally planned, pushing HD-DVD into early 2006.
    >
    > Still, it's unclear whether consumers will even express interest in
    > high-definition DVD - especially with the confusion a fractured
    > marketplace will bring. Movie studios could create hybrid discs that
    > also contain original DVD content, but that won't encourage users to
    > make the leap into HD.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game
    > because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable
    > from
    > -- self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free
    > time."
    > - Neil Stephenson, _Cryptonomicon_
     
    David Z, Oct 8, 2005
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