Blue-Ray Vs HD DVD – standard wars again

Resembling the VCR standard war of the 70s (VHS Vs BetaMax), a new standard war has started for the next generation of DVD recording (with much larger capacity, better quality of recording and long life). On the one hand, Sony supported (created) Blue Ray appears winning; on the other hand, its arch rival Toshiba and others are trumpeting HD DVD.

While there are several angles to this debate, what is most interesting to me is this; one development that could turn the table, is the “ease of use” of Microsoft HDi that lets content creators create HD DVD format far more easily, than the Sun Java tool that is used to program Blue-Ray disks (Refer to the recent Economist article).

Isn’t it interesting that software ultimately decide the future of hardware?

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