Blu-ray waits for spoils of format wars

Blu-ray may have won the format war, but hasn't won over many consumers.

Now was supposed to be the boom time for the young video technology, pitched as a high-definition replacement for the DVD. In January, consumer electronics company Toshiba dropped support of rival format HD DVD, ending a competition over which technology would take root in living rooms.

Both technologies were designed to take advantage of the picture resolutions offered by new, high-definition TV sets with a level of image quality that the standard DVD is not capable of producing. The new players for both technologies can also play DVDs, and each format uses media that look like the same silver discs movie fans have been popping into their DVD players for years.

But both require users to upgrade their movie collections and buy the more expensive new discs if they want to enjoy the benefits.

(The Star)


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