06 October 2005

BW on the next gen DVD format wars

An article in BW Online goes into some detail about the Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD format war that many of you have expressed interest in. This is the most comprehensive discussion that I have read so far. By the way, BW Online allows you to post comments on the article directly, if you feel inclined to do so.

Is this standards war different from others that we have seen in the past? If so, how?

8 comments:

J D Barton said...
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J D Barton said...

Very interesting article!

The story mentions the VHS vs BETAMAX standard battle, which I lost as a consumer. I opted for BETA since the tapes were smaller and the (early) picture quality was better. I bought a very expensive first BETA machine, then a lower priced second, to play the many tapes that I made before the first unit failed. I was “forced” to buy a VHS machine at the point that the rental stores had shelves full of VHS rentals and few, if any, BETA tapes.

My BETAMAX player recently failed. Does anyone want to buy a lot of old BETA tapes that I can’t play?

I’m hoping for the Olive branch ending mentioned by this article: “Yoshihide Fujii, Toshiba's corporate senior vice-president for digital media products, said the company remained open to creating a single format”. I don’t recall that an olive branch was considered before SONY slugged it out with Matsushita over the video tape.

KuangChiu Huang said...

Is it the end of the next generation DVD spec war? I still expect that HD DVD alliance can have a secret weapon to compete with Blue-ray alliance. The transformation of Sony with three medium specification wars is an interesting comparison.
Beta versus VHS: Sony lost the war without media studios’ supports
The first generation DVD: Sony became one of the major studio but still losing the game
Blue-ray versus HD-DVD: Sony names a non-Japanese media savvy to be its CEO and is going to win the game

Martin Weiss said...

BusinessWeek has another story on the DVD wars. In this article, it seems that a functional convergence between the two standards appears to be in the works.

From an economics standpoint, the negotiations appear to be moving from vertical incompatibility towards a layered model, in which functional compatibility exists despite physical incompatability.

Martin Weiss said...

This article suggest greater advantages for Blu-Ray. Are we now on a HD-DVD death watch?

Martin Weiss said...

BusinessWeek has yet another followup article on this subject. Forrester now believes that Blu-Ray will win ...

Martin Weiss said...

There's more ..., a little more unvarnished than what you might find in BW!

Martin Weiss said...

The saga continues ... see this story. Standards wars are high-stakes games, so this kind of brinksmanship is not that unusual ...