Originally Posted by flecom
on a website composed mostly by "audio"-centric people you would think HD-DVD would have more support, since it REQUIRES that "HD-DVD" players have Dolby True-HD audio, blueray does not... HD-DVD also requires that all players have an ethernet port for extended contect and firmware updates, blueray (again) does not... the list goes on...
they both suck IMHO since their "copy protection" is more of a burden on people that actually want to be legal than those that dont (both HD-DVD and BlueRay's "uncrackable" protection has already been circumvented) but quite frankly HD-DVD is the lesser of the two evils... and personally i think DVD's are good enough 99% of the time anyway
The problem is most of us are computer-centric people too, and the data storage aspects of HD-DVD right now are still almost entirely vaporware.
Rewritable Blu-ray (BD-RE) drives for computers are out now and store 50GB. The rewritable HD-DVD standard (HD DVD-RAM) hasn't even been finished yet, and it will only store 20GB when it is finalized. The dual layer version of that standard is still completely undecided. Recordable but non-rewritable HD-DVDs only store 15GB.
15GB versus 50GB for computer/data storage applications is a huge difference. It would be a shame if Blu-ray didn't win there. Of course, there isn't a huge difference for video applications, and HD-DVD will always be cheaper because the red laser is cheaper. It would be an awkward situation if Blu-ray won for computer applications and lost for home video applications.