JVC signs up to Blu-ray.

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Oct 14, 2004.

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    JVC signs up to Blu-ray

    Another big name

    By Nick Farrell: Wednesday 13 October 2004, 08:21

    A HARDWARE from the Land of the Rising Sun, JVC, has signed up to the
    Blu-ray format and joined the Blu-ray Disc Association.

    Although the public commitment to the next generation DVD standard is
    new, JVC has apparently been working behind the scenes with the
    association for some time. In fact it was one of the first Japanese
    companies to show a prototype Blu-ray Disc player in 2002.

    Blu-Ray is an optical disc format, which is being positioned as a
    successor to current DVD discs for high-definition video content. Its
    rival is HD-DVD (High Definition/High Density-DVD) and the battle
    between the two is currently being billed as a type of betamax and VHS

    It has been a good week for Blu-ray with Twentieth Century Fox Film
    also signing up to the standard.

    Getting Fox onside was a bit of a coup as it will bring commercial
    content to the format and widen the standard's customer base.

    There are 13 other companies on the Blu-Ray board: Dell,
    Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Matsushita Electric
    Industrial (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric, Philips Electronics,
    Pioneer Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sony, TDK, and
    Thomson Multimedia.

    Samsung, eh? Doesn't the Korean chaebol know that in a two horse race
    backing both as the winner just makes a bookie's eyes light up?

    HD-DVD is backed by NEC, Toshiba, Sanyo Electric, and optical disc
    maker Memory-Tech.

    "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, Oct 14, 2004
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