Posted by: kurtsh | January 31, 2006

NEWS: HD DVD Interview with Microsoft

Granted, this might just be me, but I found this HD DVD Interview with Microsoft to be very interesting.  The author seems hell bent on trying to nail HD DVD as being a less-attractive technology than Blu-Ray by virtue of the fact that the first couple of HD-DVD players will not be 1080p capable. 

Meanwhile, the issue is somewhat unimportant since while the first 2 HD-DVD players coming out won’t be 1080p capable, there’s nothing preventing someone from releasing a 1080p capable player because all HD-DVD discs will be recorded in 1080p/24, just like BluRay discs.

The natural question will simply be:  If you don’t have 1080p-capable big screen TV, will you really care?  My guess is NO.

Meanwhile, HD-DVD players will be much less expensive than BluRay players AND:

  • All 1st generation HD DVD players will ship with iHD support, allowing much more flexible interactivity design than DVD.
  • All 1st generation HD DVD players will ship with features such as Picture-in-Picture, that content authors can take advantage of.
  • All 1st generation HD DVD players will ship with network connectivity.

http://www.audioholics.com/ces/CEStechnology/HDDVDCESinterview.php


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