The Blu-ray Disc Association has made an official statement regarding Toshiba's announcement that they would no longer be supporting the HD DVD format. Andy Parsons, Chairman, Blu-ray Disc Association U.S. Promotions Committee commented, "We in the Blu-ray Disc Association are very happy that this long format war is officially over. Now the task ahead for our member companies is to promote the Blu-ray Disc format as the best way to bring premier quality high definition content into consumers' lives."
As the main supporter of the HD DVD format, Toshiba's announcement that they no longer would be supporting the format effectively ends the format war and Blu-ray has been proclaimed the victor. As the only high definition format viable for consumer adoption, the BDA's focus will now be shifted towards ensuring consumers understand the advantages of Blu-ray and the superior movie experience it offers.
"If you look at it from a purely technical side, HD DVD was perhaps slightly superior compared with Blu-ray," said Checchia.
The key to Sony's success this time around was that its chief executive Howard Stringer, a former head of the company's North America division, drew on his Hollywood contacts to drum up support for Blu-ray.
Blu-ray's success was also helped by its inclusion in Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game machine.
As one of your Captains, I congragulate all you men and women on your hard fought campaign, It
was an honor to fight by you and it will be an honor to live to amongst you. As I am sure we will take
those Toshiba scoundrel to war crimes tribunal, piliage their villages and hear the lamentations of
their women, let keep our eyes on the prize and that toppling over SD DVD. THIS IS BLU RAY!!!!!!!!!
wow. the war is finally over. i feel like a million dollars right now. we will finally get all the spielberg movies and hopefully lucas and peter jackson films also. what a great day! it should be a national holiday today lol
This is a grand day for all Blu supporters. As for Toshiba, I think it would be best for them to look at all the BD players and try to make a reference player to show that they really want HD media to be the future.
Is anyone worries agout the prices of Blu dvds now, dont get me wrong, me and the lads here in Ireland are celebrating the news, its just the average price for a Blu ray movies is €35 = $50, with no competition will there the prices go up as with lots of other products on the market that dont have competitioni?
I hope not, it just is very expensive for blu ray here in Ireland already.
It makes me wonder how some people get out of bed in the morning. Blue-Ray disk????
Make good for skeet pratice. Just another way for the rich to get richer, oh ya you can get
more s**t on the disk least we forget, charge more for this info.
People are so lame, take a good look around you, Opec needs the price of oil to go up
so the cut production, and blow up a plant. Movie companies want more mony, force Blue-Ray
down the people's necks.
Just my 2 cents worth, if some of you cant see what is going on in the world, man I feel sorry
for you. I have seen movies on both disk and they are no different, oh but they are not compatable with each other.
Flame away NOT!
Rotti's forever! The best defense in home protection. The only dog that will freely give it's
life to protect your stash.
Well Im not sure what TV you are using rottiforyou2 but there is a difference if you use the correct (Full HD 1080p), there is a whole different side to picture quality. No one is forcing me to buy anything, I choose blu ray, I was just wondering about the prices now that blu ray has won. and Im have no idea what you are talking about in half of your comments, What is Rotti's????
I need some comments on the blu ray prices not this kinda comment.
blu-man if your from the UK, although most blu rays are expensive up to £30 in the UK, they can be found quite cheap, for example Asda have 300, The Prestige, Full Metal Jacket definitive edition and Iwo Jima for £12.90 each with free delivery at the moment. All have lossless audios.
blu-man you have to purchase on www.asda.co.uk website to take up online offers as they are still at least £20 in the store. Another good site is www.sendit.com and again you can pick up good blu ray deals, pursuit of happyness for £10 inc free delivery and they are based in Ireland so you will get delivery quicker than i have, it usually takes 3-5 days from sendit.com. hope that helps you.
(The key to Sony's success this time around was that its chief executive Howard Stringer,
a former head of the company's North America division, drew on his Hollywood contacts
to drum up support for Blu-ray)
With Blu/hd only being 1% of the market, good luck at defeating DVD when most people with a good upconverter cant tell the difference between blu/hd and dvd except the videophiles ?
Sony only won because they were able to monopolize the market, once they got the majority
of the studios it was only time until the retailers fell into place. It was all about the money no one really cared about the consumer or letting them have a choice in the matter ?
But thats right, blu won because of you guys ^o)
Why is everyone so happy about this? Competition is what brings on development. The competition is now effectively gone. This is not going to make hd technology any better. When a company owns the market they don't have to bother making a better product. They don't have to come up with new ideas. They, basically, don't have to care about the consumer. It becomes "our way or nothing". There was no reason why both formats could not continue. Now you pretty much have a monopoly and have flushed much of the inovation you might have seen down the toilet. I have nothing against BR but I think this whole thing had less to do with quality and more to do with behind closed door dealings than we will ever know about.
socrfan.. your opinion is flawed blu ray technology is superior, it has a special coating to protect from scratches (consumer in mind) therefore sony have taken great care and invested millions of £$ into the technology. More space (100gb prototype disc) (extra special features, more storage for music, photos etc again consumer in mind) It is down to the movie studios if they use lossless audio, or the better AVC codecs. Sony have done a great job with the technology.
Also dvd had no competition prices were £20-£25 a dvd when they first arrived, who would of thought you can now buy them for £3 and get free dvds in newspapers. Blu rays will drop in time, to hit the mass market as the mass market = billions £$
as i mentioned you can still pick up decent blu rays for as little as £12, you just need to look around
GreatWhite83, you mention how the tech for BR is superior. Maybe it is but the things you mention were developed while HDDVD was in business. Now that it's not what will we see from Sony? When you've got the captive audience it becomes a take it or leave it state of affairs. Sony had to push their tech when they were competing for your money, but now, why bother?