HD-DVD vs BLU-RAY a comparison

The Hack247 admin has posted a nice comparison between the new formats, which companies support and what the current status of the “war” is.

It has been a long time since we last had a format war for the main media formats (I’m not considering the flash cards as a part of them), in fact, the last battle was fought by Sony with their Betamax tapes, against JVC and their VHS, and they couldn’t win it then, however, this time around, they have many more supporters for their “cause”. These are the companies that are supporting each of the new formats:

Blu-Ray

  • Sony
  • Dell
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hitachi
  • LG Electronics
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic)
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Philips Electronics
  • Apple Computers
  • Pioneer Electronics
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sharp
  • TDK

  • Thomson Multimedia

HD-DVD

  • Toshiba
  • NEC
  • Sanyo
  • Memory-Tech
  • Microsoft

It’s ironic that we see Apple and Sony battling against Microsoft. Apple managed to make USB a standard for everyone, and Sony wants revenge for the failure of Betamax.

According to a graphic he put up HD-DVD titles are currently selling better than BLU-RAY ones, however, the graphic also shows that during it’s period of time, the sales of BLU-RAY titles are approaching their competitor’s at a fast rate.

Will BLU-RAY eventually beat HD-DVD because of Playstation 3’s influence, and it’s larger capacity? Or will HD-DVD win because of it’s (hopefully) cheaper pricing and the influence of Microsoft with it’s Operative System and XBox 360 add-on? Only time will tell. But my bets, regardless of liking Sony or not, are on the format that provides the largest capacity, in other words, BLU-RAY.

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