Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The fight is over the new high definitions Dvd's. Dvd's have a clear signal over VCR tapes but they still have the low resolution of todays tvs. You can tell the difference when you get a screen over 36 inches between a High Def dvd and a regular dvd.
When is the last time you ever saw an HDTV that was 36 inches or smaller? I know I never have.
So the fight is on between HD-DVD and Blu-ray. You should be well informed when and if one day both dvd's pop up at the store. Here are the facts so far.
- Size on the disk - HD-DVDs - 30 GB Blu-ray - 50 GB
- Can play your old dvd's - HD-DVDs - Yes Blu-ray - Most likely (some manufacters will add regular dvd lasers to their machines at extra cost)
- Cost - HD-DVDs - $500- $800 Blu-ray - $1000- $1900
- Support - HD-DVDs - Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Toshiba Blu-ray - Disney, Fox, Dell, Apple, Pioneer, Sony, WB, Fox
- Encoding - HD-DVD - efficient and better MPEG 4 Blu-ray - Older MPEG 2 and possibly MPEG 4
- Movie time on it - HD-DVD 8 hours Blue-ray 4.5 - 9 hours (if using MPEG 4)
There you go. You can make up your own mind of which one to support when the time comes.
Soon there will be an interesting movie comping out, "Night Watch". I highly recomend everybody who likes techno and the Matrix to see it. Heh, this is much better than the Matrix and it is based on a book. Cheers!