Re: [Videolib] Blu-Ray and HD DVD

Randy Pitman (
Wed, 5 Oct 2005 14:24:25 -0700

The argument may become moot in the very near future: Paramount has recently
announced that it will support Blu-Ray (although not give up HD--which I
read as keeping options open) and Warner is said to be close to a deal to
release titles in Blu-Ray (although also not giving up on HD). That puts the
count at five of the six major studios releasing in Blu-Ray format(Universal
is the only one left). Even though Sony has tradtionally been the loser in
format wars and market share battles (VHS and IPod are not Sony's favorite
words), it doesn't take Nostradamus to predict this one: Blu-Ray looks to be
the winner in the home stretch. (Full disclosure: of course, I also thought
that laserdisc would beat out VHS within five years of LD's introduction, so
I'm no star graduate of the Jeanne Dixon School of Prognostication :)



Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Lori Stevens" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Blu-Ray and HD DVD

> Meghan is probably way more up to speed than I but here is my 2 cents:
> What I have read and am being told by my tekkie gurus is that Blu-Ray is
> the next generation of DVD and that the players will be backward
> compatable. They are supposed to hold an incredible amount of information
> like 9 hours of video on one disc. We are in the programing stages for a
> new building so this impacts our planning for future stack space 10 years
> down the road in a big way. I am hoping it comes and quickly.
> Lori
> Lori Stevens
> Media Librarian
> Utah Valley State College Library
> Orem, Utah 84058
> Buffy: "See, this is a school. And we have students
> and they check out books. And then they learn things."
> (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)
>>>> 10/5/2005 6:27 AM >>>
> I'm guessing that most institutions will wait until the market 'settles'
> before choosing one or the other -- right now it seems too close to
> call. The standing argument that HD-DVD is cheaper is practically mute
> now, since they have improved the manufacturing process for Blu-Ray to
> make it almost identical (even the old assembly lines will have to
> upgrade for HD-DVD, although the same basic process - such as platter
> thickness, glue, etc. - stay the same). I suppose short term this may
> be an argument for some manufacturers, but we're talking pennies at
> large quantities. Also, there is no quality difference in material
> between HD-DVD or Blu-Ray - they are simply physical disc formats. The
> quality is determined by whatever compression is used, and both formats
> can utilize the same compression types. The difference MAY be in that a
> large Blu-Ray disc may be able to use higher compression to squeeze more
> material with less loss in quality, although it seems doubtful that this
> would be the done. Both formats will max out at around 28-29 Mbps and
> Dual layer HD-DVDs will be easily able to hold long movies with some
> extras at that size, just like Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray does have a definite
> advantage for computer users who are looking to store more data on a
> disc though, but that is unrelated to watching movies on a DVD player.
> In a nutshell: ???
> Best,
> ******************************
> Meghann R. Matwichuk, M.S.
> Assistant Librarian
> Instructional Media Department
> Morris Library, University of Delaware
> 181 S. College Ave.
> Newark, DE 19717
> (302) 831-1475
> Tatar, Becky wrote:
>> Just checking to see what everyone's plans for these two formats are.
>> Are you jumping in on both sides? Are you going to take a wait and
>> see attitude to see if one format becomes dominant? Will you wait for
>> patron demand? I know this is a repeat of the VHS/Betamax problem in
>> the 80s. Is one of these formats better, or are they equal in
>> quality? Inquiring minds want to know, and in English, not
>> technospeak. Thanks, and now I'll go whimper in the corner.
>> Becky Tatar
>> Periodicals/Audiovisuals
>> Aurora Public Library
>> 1 E. Benton Street
>> Aurora, IL 60505
>> Phone: 630-264-4100
>> FAX: 630-896-3209
>> <file://>
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