If you had the choice between "the look and sound of perfect" or the maximum in "hi-def experience", which one would you choose? Sounds similar, but could be very different with what you end up. In the first case, you would end up with HD DVD, whose supporters served salmon and sparkling water during its Cebit conference, and in the second case you would get Blu-ray and doughnuts with coffee.
This was also interesting...
The Blu-ray group did not have flashy demos to match the HD DVD press conference, but announced that it will be shipping 4x BD-R discs "within a few weeks." These discs will be able to deliver a sustained data write rate of 144 Mb/s, compared to the current 72 Mb/s. Media and recorders that support 4x speed are expected to become available during Q2 of this year.
I didn't realize that they were that close to shipping 4x BD-R discs. Usually its months between an announcement and the date they ship... and I haven't seen any announcements yet.