Bad news for both Blue Ray and HD-DVD as the number of sales of the next generation of optical disc format is far below what industry analysts had expected. The approximate number of players that shipped last year was 250,000 which was considerably lower than the rather optimistic 750,000 that were predicted.
The next generation format war is likely to echo of that of the war between Sony’s Betamax and the VHS format. Because of how that war turned out (VHS becoming the dominate format) consumers have remained cautious about which format to choose with many adopting a ?¢‚Ç¨?ìwait and see?¢‚Ç¨¬ù approach. That coupled with the high price of the technology have seen the players not selling as many as had been hoped.
But it is not just the consumer who is cautious about the format war. Both electronics producers and Movie companies have thrown their support to the different formats. Sony, Philips, Panasonic and others back Blu-ray. Microsoft, Intel and Toshiba back HD DVD.
Both Formats have different advantages. Blue-ray has a much greater data storage capacity whereas HD DVD?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s are less expensive to produce and thus will cost less. Blue-ray also has the added benefit of being the format of choice for the Playstaion3 meaning that every PS3 user is bound to favour the Blu-ray format.
South Korea’s Electronics Giant, LG, announced it would release a combo Blu-ray/HD DVD player. However many are sceptical about a player that can run both formats citing that the player would be much too expensive for consumers.
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