DVD Format War on the Horizon

By Deane Barker on November 13, 2004

DVD developers set for format war: Because all know how good format wars are for consumers.

The electronics and entertainment industries are shaping up for the biggest format battle since the “video wars” between VHS and Betamax to decide the future of DVD.

Two rival “next generation” DVD formats look set to be launched onto the marketplace next year.

[…] Both “Blu-ray”, principally backed by Sony, and “HD DVD”, which has been developed by Toshiba, are based on the same basic technology. […] But with both parties determined to prove the superiority of their product, a protracted dispute could be damaging to the industry as a whole…

Things like this delay my buying into the new systems for years, until they’ve worked themselves out.