[opendtv] Re: Lesson of high-def DVD war: It's the ecosystem, stupid

  • From: John Golitsis <jgolitsis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:20:33 -0500

How is Blu-ray the better format, exactly? It has a higher disc capacity, but at the expense of higher replication prices. It's version 2.0 - which should start becoming available in the 2nd half of 2008 - is equivalent to HD DVD 1.0 which began shipping in 2006. It's minimum audio requirement is plain old Dolby Digital, where HD DVD's is DD+. Oh, and keep in mind that 1.0 players aren't upgradable to even 1.1, let alone 2.0 (with the exception of the PS3).

If it weren't for the PS3, Blu-ray would have been absolutely still- born. Look at the attach-rate today...there are about 8 Blu-ray capable players out there for every 1 HD DVD capable player, yet the software sales are 2:1.

The POTENTIAL is clearly on the HD DVD side because if you get more players into homes, you'll sell more discs per player.

The MONEY is clearly on the Blu-ray side however.

On 15-Jan-08, at 11:05 AM, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

If it weren't for the fact that Blu-ray is clearly the better format, in
terms of potential anyway, I'd find this more annoying.

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