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Studio boss knocks Blu-ray for poor image quality, high price

It looks as though Sony just can't catch a break these days in the news. Last week we learned that Sony was delaying the European launch of its PlayStation 3 from November 17 to March of 2007 along with the announcement that an initial batch of 500,000 total units would be available for the November 11 Japanese launch and November 17 North American launch. The launch delay/shipment reduction is due to Sony's problems with manufacturing blue laser diodes used by the Blu-ray drive on the PS3.

Well today, we learn of even more bad news for the Sony camp. Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, came out swinging against the Blu-ray standard calling HD DVD the "hands down" winner in the next generation movie formats. "Look at the blogs, look at the reviews by the early adopters and even look at the mainstream media – HD DVD has maintained its first-to-market advantage and delivered on the promises of providing the best high definition image and sound quality at the best value for consumers today," said Kornblau.

Kornblau is likely referencing three head-to-head comparison reviews done on Blu-ray and HD DVD versions of 'Training Day,' 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' and 'Rumor Has It....' In those comparison tests done by High-Def Digest in early August, HD DVD clearly came out ahead of Blu-ray in image quality. The Blu-ray titles featured increased noise/artifacting and darker overall color casting. Issue of cropping also popped up with the three Blu-ray titles tested.

However, a more recent test by High-Def Digest produced more promising results from the Blu-ray camp. 'Firewall,' 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Full Metal Jacket' were tested this time around. With the exception of 'Full Metal Jacket,' the titles this time around used VC-1 compression instead of MPEG-2 resulting in much improved image quality across the board:

But to summarize, with this batch there is no clear "winner." If last time Blu-ray took more than its fair share of slings and arrows over picture quality and the format's reliance (up until now) on MPEG-2, this time the more level playing field has helped close the gap between Blu-ray and HD DVD. If nothing else, our second Blu-ray versus HD DVD face-off strongly indicates that what some people had declared a format war won is still far from over.

So while Kornblau is right in pointing out HD DVD advantages in pricing and availability, the image quality debate is still alive and well.



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By EclipsedAurora on 9/18/2006 11:41:36 PM , Rating: 2
One thing I forgot to mention, for Projectors, JVC and Mitsibishi are also good choice in high end market beside Sony. Meanwhile, Toshiba had never has any product listed in high end projectors, or at least at the same class of what best JVC,Mitsubishi and Sony projector products are addressing.

But hopelessly both JVC/Panasonic and Mitsubishi are backers of BD, not HD-DVD.

Please move your focus away from Sony with BD. BD is also backed by plenty of other black hose manufacturers!

[Becox is always used in ICQ/MSN messenges as an representaion of because]


By Chillin1248 on 9/19/2006 1:23:23 AM , Rating: 2
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Please move your focus away from Sony with BD. BD is also backed by plenty of other black hose manufacturers!


Well then, let's look at HD-DVDs lineup:


Memory-Tech Corporation
NEC Corporation
Sanyo Electric Co
Hitachi Corporation
Acer Inc
Canon Inc.
Cyberlink Corp.
Digital Theater Systems
Entertainment Network Inc.
Hitachi Maxell
Fuji Photo Film Co
Imation Corp.
Intervideo, Inc.
Kaleidescape, Inc.
Kenwood Corporation
Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co. / Verbatim
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Nec Corporation
Nec Electronics Corporation
Nec Fielding
Nero
Ricoh Co.
Teac Corporation
Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Digital Frontiers Inc.
Toshiba Entertainment Inc.
Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation
Toshiba-Emi Limited
Universal (inc. Music , Vivendi Games, Pictures)
Warner Home Video Inc


I put in bold one of the backers of HD-DVD, you might recognize them as you gave them such a warm introduction :)

Also I do not see JVC/Panasonic on either the HD-DVD or Blu-Ray camps list, please show where they are in a source. Oh and strike from my previous post that Microsoft is a backer of any format, they simply have bias towards one.

Becox is always used in ICQ/MSN messenges as an representaion of because

Pardon me, but I am a bit out of date with the online world and I prefer the good old telephone for any conversation considering that it can be free with the likes of programs like Skype these days.

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Chillin


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