HD-DVD 51 GB Disk Approved for Production

It was a very busy weekend for the hi-def DVD wars, and this is the first of three posts on Forever Geek today on that subject.

The 51 gb triple layer HD-DVD has been approved by the DVD forum, and the DVD/HD-DVD hybrid disk is expected to be approved by the end of the year.

What does this mean for the HD-DVD format wars? Well, that depends on if certain rumors are true.

The big one is the compatibility rumor. If the triple layer disks are compatible with 2nd and 3rd Generation HD-DVD players, as it is rumored, then this is great news for HD-DVD.

If not – then HD-DVD may do more harm than good to their format if they move these disks into production.

Right now, this puts the storage issue advantage to Blu-Ray out to pasture. Blu-Ray’s maximum storage is 50 gb, and now HD-DVD has “upped” (I say with tongue pressed firmly in cheek) with their 51 gb option. On storage, the formats are now on equal footing.

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