March 7, 2006
Dear CNET members,
It seems like you can't read tech news without learning about some kind of a format war: Windows vs. Mac, PlayStation vs. Xbox, and the infamous VHS vs. Betamax (for those who remember). The home-video wars left many families without movie rental options once Betamax started fast-forwarding to obsolescence. My family was one of them, watching in horror as one by one, all the rental places in town switched over to VHS only. In those days, it wasn't just a matter of dropping $60 and walking home with a new VCR. It was a major purchase that had to be saved for. We were stranded. Because of this defining time in my life, I am always wary when a company announces a new audio or video format. I never want to be left with another Betamax--which is why I'll be taking the "wait and see" approach in the next-gen DVD wars.
The two formats vying for superiority in this war are Toshiba's HD-DVD and the Sony-backed
This week's hot topic:
HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray
By being first to market with its HD-DVD format, Toshiba is hoping to win the high-definition DVD format wars against Sony's upcoming Blu-ray technology. Though neither is publicly available yet, the debate over the better platform is well underway.
Blu-ray gets the blue ribbon
CNET member Flatworm is going with Blu-ray because he feels it's the far superior format. While it will be more expensive, its larger storage capacity will be able to fit a full-length movie encoded at 1080p on a single disc. He also compares this format war to the classic VHS vs. Betamax battle but hopes that Sony will win this time.
Read Flatworm's full post in CNET TalkBack
Go for the more affordable
CNET member Azzuro10 is rooting for the HD-DVD format to win for one simple reason: it's more affordable. He states that while Blu-ray's one advantage is more storage per disc, the extra space simply isn't necessary.
Read Azzuro10's full post in CNET TalkBack
None of the above
Though several of you disagreed, CNET member ryanrev3 theorizes that neither high-definition DVD format will be worth the money, and you'll likely not be able to tell the difference in quality when compared to today's DVDs.
Read ryanrev3's full post in CNET TalkBack
Do you know who will win the high-definition DVD format war? Or do you plan to simply wait to buy a next-generation DVD player? Check out David Carnoy's latest Fully Equipped column, then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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