Wesociety wrote:But please note that the article in question did not take into consideration other variables such as Blu-ray vs HD DVD authoring costs (supposedly BD-J is more "difficult" to program in compared to HDi, leading to longer project timelines and more costs), replication facility capacities and availability (there are many more HD DVD replicators than Blu-ray replicators), etc.
Don't forget 2 very very important things....
1) Warner Brother and Universal (and I'm 95% sure Paramount as well) all get their replication done through Cinram International. They have exclusive contracts, so all the HD DVD replicating companies in the world don't matter as far as availability is concerned.
2) Authoring HD DVD is very very difficult because you can't create burned copies of the discs in order to test them. Currently small replication runs are done to create test samples, and if something isn't done properly and the glass mastering has to be re-done with a new master from the studio, then there are penalties to pay, as well as a much longer time frame for manufacturing the discs. DVD9 used to be done like this also, but the authoring tools were much further along and the options less complicated for the format.
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media