HD-DVD soon

Back in July, I posted my thoughts on HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray.  Personally, I’ve chosen to go the HD-DVD route with the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.  I pre-ordered it on Amazon, and it ships this week.  I’ve seen many articles comparing the two, and I still see HD-DVD as ruling the format war, at least in the short term.  There are four main reasons for that: 1) It’s cheaper – at least until the PS3 rolls around  2) The ability to have HD on one side of a disc and SD on the other really appeals to home users  3) The standards are higher for HD – required ethernet capability, required multiple video streams for Picture-in-Picture, quicker menus, etc.  4) The compression format – again, Blu-ray is using a 10 year old compression algorithm (MPEG-2) hindering its storage capablities.  HD-DVD has been using the brand-new VC-1 by Microsoft since day one.

That doesn’t even go into the production process – where Blu-ray media is burned on the top of the disc, and is therefore more prone to damage….Anyway – I’m excited to get my drive in!

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James Burke
Frisco, TX