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

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by videogamedude, Apr 21, 2005.

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


    Blu-ray and HD-DVD Join Forces
    Sony and Toshiba to team up on a new, unified next-gen format. Where
    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
    newspaper on Thursday published with news that Sony and Toshiba are
    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
    will bring together both standards.

    Sony, a leading member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, announced last
    that it would include a Blu-ray drive in its forthcoming
    console, PlayStation 3. More than 100 companies, including Apple,
    HP, and Pioneer, support Blu-ray, which promises up to 50 gigabytes of
    storage on a single disc side. Toshiba leads the opposing format,
    While it is commonly accepted that Blu-ray discs offer more storage
    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
    be created in order to support the Blu-ray format.

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

    The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports that, having reached an agreement that
    new, unified standard would be the best thing for the industry, Sony
    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
    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
    have already briefed major Hollywood studios including Disney and AOL
    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
    scheduled to release sometime next year? The very probable answer is
    the next-generation machine will drop Sony's announced Blu-ray drive in

    favor of hardware that instead plays this new, still-announced format
    videogamedude, Apr 21, 2005
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