An alternative view from the other side (HD-DVD).

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getlostdave
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A slightly more considered view from the other side (HD-DVD).

While I suspect that Microsoft as Apple (why else did they support the blu-ray underdog at the time) would be happy for both HD format disks to fail, I am sure that the bigger picture is that Microsoft is keen on making victory for Sony prohibitively expensive. While this does appear to be an unfortunate knockout blow by blu-ray, there is no reason why Microsoft won't use some of its cash to re-open the war. Remember, in Japan, some Sony movies are released on HD-DVD by Toshiba, and it would be feasible for Microsoft to buy, say, Studio Canal and keep HD-DVD alive in Europe.

Secondly, China has it's own format forthcoming which is largely based on HD-DVD, but with some of the western patented technologies replaced by open/Chinese technologies. Obviously the view here was that there could be common components shared between HD-DVD players built in China and Chinese own format players. If this standard goes ahead, it means that the scale cost benefits of HD-DVD will still be realisable several years into the future, and the format could be re-launched if Sony abuses its position as the owner of blu-ray.

Finally, the damage done to Toshibas reputation by the orphaning of the already sold HD-DVD players will be severe. Toshiba will be doing everything they can to eek out the standards survival to 2009, where it is predicted that cheap dual format players are due. Remember when DVD-R was dominant, Philips capitulated first making dual format burners, and the result was incredibly positive for DVD+R! Thus I would no longer be surprised to see a combined Toshiba HD-DVD/Blu-ray player.

Dave

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Can HD DVD Recover?

Can HD DVD Recover?

(The question is considered in the third section of the article)

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/61177.html