Thursday, July 26, 2007

"...the HD DVD specification is better in a lot of ways" -cnet

For example, all HD DVD players are required to support Ethernet connections, dual video streams (picture-in-picture), Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD soundtrack decoding, and "persistent storage" (onboard flash memory). That makes for a much more uniform experience on HD DVD players (of course, it helps when only one company is making them). By comparison, none of those features are required on Blu-ray players. And while Blu-ray uses Java for its discs' special features, HD DVD uses a Microsoft alternative called HDi. It's great that Java is a widely used standard, but when it doesn't work, who cares?

Pwnd. Better standards, and special features that are CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. And non-Java. Apologies to Java-lovers, but Java is horrible, and has no solid tool standards. It's a waste of time, and ends up costing just as much as Visual Studio users, which is better all-around anyway.

For the moment anyway, the proprietary HDi is proving superior--one reason you'll find The Matrix Trilogy and Batman Begins, both with ample interactive features, on HD DVD, but not yet on Blu-ray.

As part of the IME mode, you'll be able to view in a small PIP-box how the scene was shot using a blue-screen background while the CGI-enhanced final screen version runs on your TV. There's also a minigame you can play. On the Web-enabled front, you can choose your favorite scenes from the film and share your bookmarks with other users.

The source article is a good read. Blu-ray owners/supporters can stop blowing smoke up their own asses for the time being. And yes, I still do not own HD-DVD, but will happily purchase it when the prices come down. As for Blu-ray, it actually seems to be the "rushed" format, whether it supposedly holds more data or not. HD-DVD was prepared well; it's only drawback is that the studios don't want to pay DVD licensing anymore.


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