similar industry schism occurred between DVD+R and DVD-R media. Two
separate industry groups attempted to control the majority of the media
royalties by introducing two competing formats. When it became clear
neither side would back down, electronics companies designed recorders that
would easily negotiate protocols for either format media. In the end, the
DVD recorders cost a little more as consumers had to pay royalties to both consortiums.
Assuming that both formats will be around for a
long period, the Total HD disc will be ideal for some consumers -- yet the
consumer will eventually eat the costs of royalties for both formats if Total
HD succeeds. A hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray player would be considerably more
expensive right now, but the media costs could be reduced as well.
Electronics is expected to unveil the world's first dual-format high-def player
capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. Pricing, availability
and other details will become available during Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas next week.
cost of producing Total HD media may also be a downside for the format.
At its most basic level, Total HD may just be a double-sided print with Blu-ray
on one side and HD DVD on the other. Given the already exorbitant price for
single-sided high-definition movies, the price of Total HD will likely not be
for those on a budget.
The official announcement from Warner Brothers is expected on Tuesday during
quote: technically bastardize
quote: Seems pretty dumb of Sony to have included the BD-drive now. Since multi-format players will rule the market, the PS3 loses its edge as "the cheap Blu-Ray player" since people won't want to have something that only plays one format.
Sony prohibits "dual format" players in the Blu-ray license agreement.
It will be [interesting] to see how LG gets around this with their player
quote: > "Sony prohibits "dual format" players in the Blu-ray license agreement.
Well... I don't know if this is rumor or truth -- do you have a reference? ......
quote: you don't need holographic discs!!!