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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blueray vs HD DVD = Darfur

The whole discussion between blue ray and HD DVD is going to be rather superfluous when we look back at the so called "disc" wars of 2007/2008. The comparison's the the failed betamax and video 2000 versus the victorious VHS is an overused parallel. In fact, I don't believe they are as much comparable as "lazy" publi-shits claim them to be. Secondly, the whole battle is a rather useless one looking at the current trends of media consumption. So my word of advice is: it simply doesn't matter. The very conflict between the two media types is merely a clever marketing trick to bring either format to the fore of your attention.

Don't get me wrong, blue ray and HD DVD are a stark improvement when compared to either VHS or DVD. But the very struggle is somewhat reminiscent to a far away conflict in Africa: everybody has an opinion, but for the rest not much is happening. And in that regard history will soon judge the uselessness of the whole choice between HD DVD and Blue Ray.

The Internet, not a content monopoly utility such as HD DVD/Blue Ray is going to define the way that we enjoy entertainment in the future. Blue Ray and HD DVD's are just a quick fix for those with deep enough wallets and too little patience to wait for the next big thing. In my opinion, all discs, be it DCD, CD, Blue Ray or HD DVD are at the end of their life cycle. In the same way that cd's are obsolete, so are digital video disks. The difference is that most people haven't realized this yet. In that respect I'd rather give my money to Darfur than spend it on obsolete technology.


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