Blu-ray vs. HD DVD, Part 2

September 5th, 2006 |
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LOS ANGELES, September 5, 2006 (PodTech News) — It’s estimated that 80 percent of all U.S. households own a DVD player, and while DVD sales are expected to grow more than 3 percent this year, it’s a far cry from the double-digit growth seen between 2000-2004. That may explain why Hollywood is hoping the new high-definition format will translate into increased sales of movies for home entertainment, much like DVD sales did during their heyday. But will consumers flock to the new format with their steep entry price and a technology that may be obsolete in a few years? In this second in a two-part series, PodTech’s Matt Kelly put that and other questions to Bill Hunt, editor of The Digital Bits, an online publication that celebrates film in the digital era.

Reporter’s Notes: My thanks to both my guests in this two-part podcast, Peter Bracke of High Def Digest, and to Bill Hunt, editor of The Digital Bits. Bill graciously took the time to provide a side-by-side comparison of the three formats, DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD. Although the differences between DVD and the new digital players may be obvious when viewed this way, I’m not sure they’ll be that noticeable to the average viewer. Oh, and by the way, in our little experiment, both HD DVD and Blu-ray had setup and display problems.

— Matt Kelly

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