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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Blu-Ray Disc vs. HD-DVD

An interesting thing to watch this year will be the battle between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc as they duke it out to see which technology will become the next generation DVD. It's like VHS vs. Beta all over again. Here's a few interesting facts about each.

Blu-Ray Disc
  • Can currently hold up to 50GBs of data
  • Currently handle data transfer at 36MBps
  • BD players are backwards compatibile with regular DVDs
  • Format chosen by Sony for the Playstation 3
  • Expected to be available in late 2005
HD-DVD
  • Can currently hold up to 30GBs of data
  • HD-DVD players would not be able to play regular DVDs
  • Chosen by the DVD Forum to be the HDTV successor to DVD
  • Less expensive to manufacture than Blu-Ray Disc
  • Expected to be available early in 2005