Hi-Def Winner? My Pick...Well the "war" has been going on for quite some time now. Sony's BluRay and Toshiba's HD-DVD continue to battle it out. But is it all for nothing? Has there been a winner since the beginning?
Before I start theorizing, let's look at the specs of each format.
|Resolution||720p, 1080i, 1080p||720p, 1080i, 1080p|
|Audio||Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS-ES||Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS-ES|
|DRM||AACS, ICT||AACS, ICT, BD+, BD-ROM Mark|
So size isn't an issue, what about audio? Nope, they both support the same codecs. Resolution? Nope, same thing. DRM? Well here is where it gets interesting. You all have heard about the rootkits Sony put on their music CDs that infested millions of computers worldwide. Their security "experts" did it again with BD+. It is for that reason alone that I will never buy BluRay.
But let's get down to which format I think will win. I love HD-DVD. Production costs are much lower for producers, player costs are much lower for consumers, it's an all around win-win. However there is one catch. The DRM on HD-DVD's (AACS) was broken almost as soon as it was released. If you're a CEO, CFO, whatever for a movie company who doesn't understand technology but only dollar signs, which format would you pick. The one where the DRM has been broken, which allows for pirating, or the one where the DRM has not been broken. If you're a pointy haired CEO, you choose BluRay, no questions asked. Despite the recent switch to HD-DVD that Paramount made, my prediction still stands, BluRay will win, for two reasons.
- It's DRM is still intact
- Sony has more money than Toshiba