Sony suffers a high-def setback.Sony is finding itself in a not-so-peachy predicament after some major Hollywood studios announced plans to release their titles on tech rival Toshiba's HD DVDs. Paramount, Universal, and sister companies New Line and Warner Brothers Warner Brothers (b. Eichelbaums) movie executives; Harry (Morris) (1881–1958), born in Krasnashiltz, Poland; Albert (1884–1967), born in Baltimore, Md.; Samuel (1887–1927), born in Baltimore, Md. are due to release HD titles on Toshiba technology by 2006. Sony, which planned to set the standard for the new generation of DVDs with its Blue-ray standard, bad hoped to avoid the same setbacks it's faced in recent years in regards to both the VHS (Video Home System) A half-inch, analog videocassette recorder (VCR) format introduced by JVC in 1976 to compete with Sony's Betamax, introduced a year earlier. and DVD formats There are several competing DVD Formats: Non-recordable formats
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. technology beat out Sony's to become the industry standard. To hedge its bets on its Blue-ray, Sony acquired the MGM MGM
in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925. film library.
Both HD DVD and Blue-ray technologies use blue lasers that have shorter wavelengths than red lasers, which are used in current DVD equipment. The longer wavelengths allow the discs to store data at higher densities. While the Sony Blue-ray technology can hold 25 gigabytes of HD data, the rivaling Toshiba technology can hold up to 30 gigabytes.