If you haven’t seen any of the news floating around I think it’s very safe to assume that Blu-Ray will win the high definition format battle over HD-DVD. For those of you that aren’t saying “well duh I could have told you that a month ago”, please keep reading.
The first sign was about two weeks ago when Warner Brothers announced that they would go exclusively Blu-Ray and stop producing HD-DVD. With that I think it’s time to break down all the reasons that Blu-Ray will win:
- Warner Brothers to exclusively back Blu-Ray - I guess this news really hit the net almost two weeks ago so if you haven’t heard it then well go read it. I believe I read that this won’t full go into effect until May, but the announcement has been made.
- Porn industry finally embraces Blu-Ray - So your first response might be big deal it’s nasty porn, or maybe you really enjoy the stuff and this news excites you (I’m not here to make a judgment call on you). Let’s look at this for a second. Technologies have been driven by porn for years, especially on the web. Porn pushed digital images on the net, porn pushed the development of online credit card transactions, the digital cameras adoption was significantly helped so people could take pictures without having to get the film developed at the store, online streaming video is the same story, not to mention who knows what percentage of the internet today is porn! So what does all this mean, well the porn industry adopting Blu-Ray is definitely a huge piece of the puzzle. I went digging for something to back up my accusations and wasn’t able to find a lot quickly, but this article definitely supports some of my assessments.
- Microsoft’s Xbox could consider Blu-Ray support - Wait a minute here, back the truck up, isn’t Microsoft one of the creators and founders of HD-DVD? Why even bring this out unless they knew they were fitting a losing battle?
- Toshiba refuses to wave the white flag - Finally this article came out a few days ago and if after reading it you’re not convinced then I guess you can go down with the HD-DVD boat. Unfortunately I doubt Sony will buy your obsolete HD-DVD player from you like Toshiba is hoping to get paid to end the debate.
Ok so that’s four pretty compelling pieces right there and I haven’t found anything to back HD-DVD support. Well after reading this I guess it’s not really much of a prediction, but you can’t say you didn’t know now!