Blu-ray or HD-DVD? A format battle rages for supremacy over the new generation of high-definition DVD players.Now that the market for high-definition televisions is heating up, the electronics industry believes the time is right for high-definition DVD players. But the future remains unclear for next generation of digital video players. As a result, electronics manufacturers are waging a fierce battle to determine whether the Blu-ray or HD-DVD HD-DVD High Definition Digital Versatile Disk format win dominate the market.
The two competing types of HD players have their supporters: the Blu-ray (backed by Samsung, Sony, Apple, Philips, Panasonic, Sharp, Pioneer, and Dell) and the HD-DVD (backed by Toshiba, Microsoft, Sanyo, and NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. ). Both formats offer high-resolution pictures and sensational sound, along with pop-up onscreen menus, picture-in-a-picture features, and the ability to change languages or scenes. Blu-ray goes a step further by offering an enhanced scene search function with a clickable clickable adj (COMPUT) → cliqueable
clickable adj → cliccabile menu of the actors and scenes in which they appear.
In either case, consumers don't have to worry about obsolescence ob·so·les·cent
1. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.
2. Biology Gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly developed. when it comes to their old DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. collections, since both Blu-ray and HD-DVD players are compatible with current disc formats.
Despite a limited selection of available movies, the first Blu-ray DVD player, Samsung's BD-P1000, arrived in stores in June with a price tag of $1,000. So far, there are a total of 24 Blu-ray movies available, including Hitch, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and The Fifth Element. At least 130 additional Blu-ray formatted movies are expected, but release dates have not yet been announced.
Earlier this year, Toshiba released a pair of HD-DVD players: the HD-A1 ($499) and the HD-XA1 ($799). Although they are priced relatively higher than standard DVD players, they cost significantly less than Samsung's Blu-ray version, which may be a factor in attracting early adopters.
Blu-ray and HD-DVD at a glance
* Blu-ray was jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) is the industry consortium that develops and licenses Blu-ray Disc technology and responsible for establishing format standards and promoting and further developing business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc. , a group of the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer, and media manufacturers.
* On Nov. 19, 2003, the DVD Forum, an international organization composed of hardware, software, media, and content companies, decided that the HD-DVD will be the HDTV (High Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards that offer the highest resolution and sharpest picture. Although some HDTV sets are available in standard (rather square) screen sizes, the overwhelming majority of sets are wide screen, which eliminates successor of the DVD.
For more information, visit www.blu-ray.com and www.hddvd.org.
Toshiba HD-A1, $499
This affordable first-generation HD-DVD player produces an impressive
high-definition image, offering more than five times the resolution of standard DVD.
Samsung BD-P1000, $1,000
Although the selection of DVD movies formatted for Blu-ray is meager mea·ger also mea·gre
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. , Samsung is charging out in front with this model, which is compatible with most of today's standard DVD formats.