Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Bluray & HD-DVD Hybrid.

Samsung & Toshiba have joined forces to end the format wars for good. They are releasing a hybrid player that plays both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats.

Interestingly, it appears that Samsung is calling Sony's bluff - under the licensing agreement for Blu-ray, parters aren't allowed to dabble in HD-DVD. It seems that Samsung is testing whether Sony will really push that.

So, where does that situation leave Sony, the main backer of Blu-ray technology? Sony has quietly built a safety net as well - just in case Blu-ray does'nt become a success.

Sony & NEC are also releasing a dual-format player of Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This is good back-up for Sony, since they did lose the Betamax Vs VHS format war..

Why is this happening? Sony’s contract for partners says that they can’t release HD-DVD hardware.

It looks to me that both Sony & Toshiba are covering there backs,and both are unsure which format will win so having ties in both Bluray & HD-DVD.

It’s all a mystery. It is unclear if this will affect the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360.

Sony is delaying the launch of regular Blu-ray players so when the PS3 is out, people will notice that it’s quite cheap. For a Blu-ray player.

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