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HD-DVD forum rejects Toshiba/NEC Blue Laser format

Discussion in 'DVD' started by DaViD Boulet, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Oleg

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    It is pretty hard to see how anybody could be enthusiastic about caddies. At least anybody who actually used them. Caddies suck. Yes, they add protection, but at the same time they add bulk, hassle and cost. Caddied/Cartridge media has either been dying a painful death (VHS, mag tapes) or has never really been born (mini-disc, DVD-RAM).

    Sony and Philips have a long history of pushing dubious formats out the door (CD-I anybody?) or crippling promising formats with protection technology that limits its usability (mini-disc, lame sony attempts to market non-DAO CD-R units).

    Despite people's enthusiasm, and the idea that 'it would be nice' to have something that's high definition, I don't think blu-ray is going to fly as is. Come on, different PC and consumer appliance formats?
     
  2. Dan Rudolph

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    Jeff, I don't think they'll go with a standard color for packaging. Any color you choose that isn't black will clash with cover art.
     
  3. Richard Paul

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    Caddies may not be good for Blu-Ray, but the truth is they are needed to protect the data on future optical formats. Whether now or in 10 years they can't keep increasing the data on optical disc's and not use cartridges. Many people think Sony chose to use cartridges but in reality if there was a way not to use cartridges Sony would've done it. The smaller the data pits on the disc the smaller the scratch needed to interfere with the laser. The reason AOD doesn't need a cartridge is the fact it holds less and it's still in the lab. AOD may very well need to remain in the lab since without a cartridge it WILL be easier to ruin than a DVD. No one will say that a caddy is easier to use but I understand why it's needed and that it will become normal in the future.


    Wayne your view is just a little odd since in truth what would you expect them to do? You specifically said that either voting against or abstaining is a conflict of interest? Sony simply voted what they wanted which any company would've done. Was it a conflict of interest for Toshiba to vote for their own format? The DVD Consortium was ONLY designed for DVD. For some reason people keep thinking it was designed for more but in truth it's only function was to standardize pre-recorded DVD which they did. Unfortunately the success of DVD has guaranteed that neither side will want to compromise meaning you best start cursing the AOD camp as well.

    I find it funny that people keep bringing up Sony's failures while avoiding their successes. The Walkman, CD, and Playstation where all very successful yet are never mentioned by those saying Blu-ray will fail. Also this isn't Sony going it alone so much as Toshiba and NEC going against the major manufacturers. Blu-Ray is not perfect but with Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony saying it's better than AOD it just might be [​IMG].
     
  4. DaViD Boulet

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    Boy...some fears here are *really* unsupported. Do some of you people just sit and try to *imagine* things to worry about? [​IMG]

    1. Who ever said BluRay players would NOT play standard DVDs? 99% chance that any BluRay player will play both standard DVDs and audio CDs. Sony's SACD player plays legacy red-book CD software. Why is everyone acting like BluRay players won't play standard DVDs???

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  5. Wayne Bundrick

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  6. DaViD Boulet

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    Wayne,

    good points. please read my number 4. The bluRay camp have specifically NOT wanted to submit their format to the dvd forum because they don't want it labeled "DVD" bcs they don't want to split royalites with Warner. They are trying to make sure that the dvd forum does not sanction a viable format to keep the competion to a minumum. The "honorable" thing to do? It's business politics.

    Business is war [​IMG]

    And do consider this:

    BluRay has more manufacturer support now than DVD had when it was introduced. The difference in regard to studio support was that DVD had Sony *and* Warner supporting the format upon lauch, and in the case of BluRay Sony is launching without Warner.

    DVD did *not* have widespread studio support upon launch. that came much later [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

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    I believe there are enough manufacturers behind Blu-Ray, and I've heard that many studios are impressed with it, that it stands an excellent chance of making it as the final format
     
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    I'd feel better about the chances for an earlier rollout expansion and success of Blu-ray if Warner was onboard too. Having only one studio (Columbia) makes it a tougher sell. Warner holds a lot of cards when it comes to content.
     
  9. Philip Verdieck

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    A few thoughts.

    I am surprised Warner is supporting anything, with their desire to see VOD become the future of home entertainment.

     
  10. DaViD Boulet

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  11. Philip Verdieck

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    That was what I meant. Thanks for educating me.
     
  12. Dan Rudolph

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    I'm assuming 16 and 8mm films won't benefit significantly, though.
     
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    Depends on the particular DVD transfer/master and the source.

    I'm sure you're right about 8mm...

    but I have seen some 16mm film prints that clearly had much better fidelity both in terms of resolution and color than what you'd expect from a typical DVD transfer/master.

    Most DVDs are excessively filtered for aliasing at the 480I level (grrr) which isn't a limitation of the format...just a problem with mastering. So in that case a BluRay version might look better not so much bcs the DVD format was limited as that DVD title wasn't mastered up to DVDs potential.

    One thing that BluRay will have over DVD is color resolution, and for that reason color film-sources...even 16 mm...should present a fair-appreciable improvement with the more accurate encoding of BluRay (DVD does not offer full 720 x 480 resolution for the color channels...only the B&W Luminance channel). One way to see how these variables make an objective difference is to watch a DVD on a 480-res display (like the Piano Plus or Sony 400Q projector) then watch downconverted HD on the same projector. In both case the final image has only 480 res...but the downconverted HD image *smokes* the native DVD bcs it's got more color information to work with as well as no softening from interlace-filtering at the 480 level during mastering.

    -dave
     
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    My Internet connection timed-out on me twice while reading this utterly fun thread. Thanks for starting it, DaViD!
     
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    Jack,

    You have a connection that times out? My God, man, you need to go broadband! [​IMG]
     
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    "4. The reason that BluRay has NOT been submitted to the DVD forum is a political one. Warner owns royalties on the "DVD" name. That's why they want an "HD-DVD" name and that's why they want the DVD-forum to sanction it. If sony submitted their BluRay technology to the forum and it was officially approved as "HD-DVD" they'd have to share some SERIOUS royalties with Warner and they don't want to do that."

    The correct answer was found in the DVD FAQ:

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    "No single company "owns" DVD. The official specification was developed by a consortium of ten companies: Hitachi, JVC, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Thomson, Time Warner, and Toshiba. Representatives from many other companies also contributed in various working groups. In May 1997, the DVD Consortium was replaced by the DVD Forum, which is open to all companies, and as of February 2000 had over 220 members. Time Warner originally trademarked the DVD logo, and has since assigned it to the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC). The written term "DVD" is too common to be trademarked or owned. See section 6.2 and visit Robert's DVD Info page for links to Web sites of companies working with DVD."

    As far as I am concerned the sooner we see Sony's Blu-Ray HD-DVD the better it will for all of us who are dieing on the vine for more HD content.
     
  17. Wayne Bundrick

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    Neither Blu-ray or AOD is a standardized pre-recorded format at the moment. In truth we are discussing which format has the best chances and the best specifications. Most formats come out without full support since competing businesses tend not to agree. High Definition though will succeed since there is no competition and those who have seen it tend to want it. Though many people hate how Hollywood is pushing HDMI/DVI-HDCP as the connection of the future, it shows that Hollywood has woken up to the fact that HDTV will succeed.
     
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    I hope Sony does indeed set out on their own. They have the superior format, as well as widespread manufacturer support. The rest of the studios will have to give in and join the party, if Sony plays its cards right. I know I'm buying as soon as pre-recorded media is made available.

    But Sony, please, PLEASE, send out the big guns right from the start. I never understood why the studios backing D-VHS let the format debut with so many "meh" titles. I want to be able to buy the BluRay edition of Spider-Man on launch day [​IMG]
     
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    I agree with Ricardo_C, if (Sony) Columbia - TriStar releases it's big gun titles in Blu-Ray at launch it will be a no brainer for all of us who are waiting for HD-DVD content for our displays.

    I never could get excited about D-VHS, IMHO it was a format (tape) who's time had come and gone. I will be one of those who are going to be first in line to buy a Sony Blu-Ray player and Blu-Ray editions of "The Fifth Element" on launch day.
     

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