lol, dolphinius...last I checked you were a Blu-Ray supporter. Are you just posting this article for laughs?
(I do think some of the points raised are good...with the #1 being the most idiotic, though I'm no fan of Sony and their incessant hype and lies).
I was starting to fear that everyone would actually take that list seriously. My initial thought was, I wonder if I can make a top 10 list of reasons why BluRay will fail, based entirely on common postings by forums users on the net, which are largely false or based on mis-information to some extent. I'll admit some of them DID scratch the realm of reason a little close, but in general the reasons were pretty much garbage.
But I suppose I should explain it
Popular Opinion. If you look all over the internet, everyone only talks about HDDVD and how much Sony sucks. All those people can't be wrong!!
This is NEVER a legitimate reason... especially this early on in a format battle. BluRay hasn't even gotten into full swing yet (and neither had HDDVD entirely).
The name. I mean, with HDDVD you know EXACTLY what you're getting. an HD DVD. And next year when DVD is no longer in as high demand, we can just abbreviate that to DVD, and no one will get confused because who would want DVD when you have an HD DVD available? And what the hell is a BLU RAY anyways? The discs don't even LOOK blue at all.
This is a joke based on the fact that internally some places are having to abbreviate HDDVD to DVD in their systems already (if they aren't very flexible), and realistically the problem is a real possability. In my opinion BluRay is a much cooler name, and makes more sense. Some people have even sworn to me up and down that HDDVD uses red lasers, and that's why it's so easy to manufacture... oy!
Movie Selection. HDDVD has the support of New Line Cinema, and Universal exclusively, and share support of Warner Brothers and Paramount with BluRay, but still have a lot more movie titles available so far for HDDVD then BluRay. The only thing Sony has going for them is Lionsgate, MGM, Fox and their own Sony distributed stuff.... but who the hell cares about THAT crap?
Really, I thought this one was obvious. Sony has way more studio support, and more exclusive film companies. Yes HDDVD has more titles currently, but this is quite likely to change after Christmas, as more and more people have HDTV's and start turning to BluRay and HDDVD movies/TV Shows for nice looking content.
Codec Insecurity. HDDVD, although officially supporting MPEG2 and MPEG4, as well as the VC-1 codec, HDDVD only *actually* uses VC-1, in order to keep things streamlined. BluRay on the other hand keeps mixing things up! Initially the used the MPEG2 codec, and then they decided to copy HDDVD by moving to VC-1, and now there is even talk of future releases using the MPEG4 codec. Geez BluRay, make up your mind!!
Streamlineing? Codec Insecurity? Man, I could barely keep the laughter in while writing this one. Yes, BluRay screwed up initially by using MPEG2, but all there newer releases are VC-1, and MPEG4 is around the corner. This will give them equal or greater visual quality to HDDVD, unless for some reason they screw up the encoding or decoding process, but by the numbers, and because the compression is the same, it should be at LEAST as good (or better because of higher maximum bitrate).
The history of products from Sony. HDDVD is not supported by Sony, and therefore has pretty much already won the battle. BluRay, is just going to fall into the same category of so many other Sony products in the past. For instance, look at MiniDiscs, or DVD+R, both formats were introduced LONG after CD-R and DVD-R, and both formats are essentially failures that never managed to claim the majority of the consumer market. On top of that, DVD+R, like the DVD format in general (which Sony is also attached to!), is drastically inferior in terms of lifespan compared to that of the CD-R. Just look at all the complaints about recordable media having bonding problems. So why should we trust any Sony products?
Yeah, I know a lot of people could buy into this one... but I was hoping more people on CDRlabs would be familiar with the huge success MiniDisc met with in Japan. Even North America still turned a profit as far as I'm aware. Betamax became the backbone to many other film formats pioneered by Sony which still fuel the film industry today. CD-R and DVD+R are still going strong also. Sony doesn't have THAT many actual format failures, and their successes are some of the best technological achievements ever. I may not like the company much, but their technology itself is not bad, and I'd hate to see them quit making new stuff.
Production Costs. HDDVD is built off of the existing DVD technology, so much so that it's capable to do simple upgrades of existing DVD manufacturing equipment so that it can manufacture HDDVD as well. BluRay however requires a complete overhaul, and new equipment to be purchased. Why Sony thought they needed to build BluRay's technology from the ground up is completely beyond me!
I put this SPECIFICALLY under the last reason, because I mentioned a lot of the flaws in DVD technology, specifically the bonding issues inherint in the technology. One of the reasons BluRay makes so much more sense is because they actually went back more to how CD-Rs were made in some respects, and in the end, the product should be a lot more stable then HDDVD or regular DVD. I'm sure many people on CDRlabs have already noticed how crappy the lifespan is on DVDs compared to CDs.
Componant shortage. BluRay just can't get it together on their componant end. It's obvious everywhere from Sony's BluRay player to their PS3, that they just can't get it together, even just in terms of forcasting. But you don't see that kind of problem from HDDVD!! The only reason you can't get HDDVD-ROM drives for the XBox 360 easily is because they are selling so fast! And the HDDVD-R burner on the market in Japan is dealing a crushing blow for sure!
Hrm... doesn't the componant shortage affect HDDVD too?
The price difference between movies on BluRay and HDDVD. Take for instance Mission Impossible 3, which has been released on both formats. The HDDVD version sells on amazon.com for $27.87 USD, but the BluRay version costs a mind boggling $27.95. Seriously WTF?! I guess Sony hasn't learned about those crazy licensing fees yet!
Common.... 8 f'ing cents. And I didn't go looking specifically for a movie with a small difference either. I just asked Aviationwiz out of the blue for a movie title that was released on HDDVD and BluRay and compared the amazon.com prices for them. But I really hope nobody takes this one too seriously, because if anything, I think it proves that most of the price difference talk is BS.
Capacity. HDDVD offers *15GB* per layer.... that's about 2x as much as a double layer DVD, and a little more then 3x a single layer DVD. That's *HUGE* !!! Some people think they might need even more then that, like 25GB or something, but don't forget the words of a prominant leader from an HDDVD supporting company "640K of memory should be enough for anybody.''. While we know now that 640K is not enough anymore, that quote DOES remind us to not be greedy, and to learn to live with the limitations. And really, 15GB per layer should be enough for anybody. So why have 25GB per layer if you're just going to end up wasting 10GB of it in the end?
I figured this one would give away my intent for sure... How anyone could think I was being serious quoting Bill Gates' 640k comment is beyond me. 15GB is not enough. 30GB on a HDDVDDL will be ok for movies probably, as long as there aren't a huge amount of special features, but for datastorage it's going to suck still.
BluRay is Evil. I can't possibly put it better then the user DukeNukem from CDFreaks, so here is a direct quote:
"I know that $ony isn't the only one on the Blu-ray team, but people can be blinded by hate (and oh, how I hate). It's kind of like Hitler. If Hitler liked or supported something then it was automatically evil by association.
$ony (Hitler) + Blu-ray (abortion, euthanasia, etc.) = Evil !!!"
I shouldn't even have to say anything for this one. I left it for #1 because I thought it was just a dead giveaway.
Anyways, my experiment to see if I could pull off convincing people all this BS was true appears to be a success. I hope people can still have a good laugh at it... I know a had plenty of them putting it together
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