So a good friend of mine, who likes to goad me on to start ranting asked a question similar to this:
Just because a technology is ‘superior’ doesn’t mean it’ll win. Just look at BetaMax. Why is HD DVD any different?
Well, define ‘superior’. Back in the days of BetaMax versus VHS, ‘superior’ meant better picture, higher density tapes, smaller packaging. And it failed. Why? Because BetaMax tapes were more expensive as were the players and while they stored much higher quality video, they didn’t provide the ability to trade that fidelity for length of recording. VHS did and was cheaper… and that was history.
When it comes to HD video, my definition of superiority is one in which the players and the discs are cheap. My definition is one in which consumers like me get the option of Managed Copy. My definition is one in which the Interactive experience of the disc is SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT from what I get from standard definition.
And that last one is hugely important: People bitch about how "HD" doesn’t look that much different from today’s standard definition DVD’s, and that’s because they aren’t looking at the menuing, the extra features, the Internet-connected interactivity, and the additional capabilities that the new format provides.
Get it? IT’S NOT ABOUT STORAGE OR THE MEDIA CAPACITY. BluRayheads want you to believe that the BluRay’s purported 50GB/disc is relevant compared to HD DVD’s 30GB/disc, and it’s just not.
- If it were, wouldn’t BluRay discs look better than HD DVD discs? But they don’t. Just check http://www.highdefdigest.com. These folks are experts and they’ll tell you, "Meh – there’s no difference".
- If it were, you’d expect the extras on BluRay discs to be so much more bountiful and richer. But they’re not – to the contrary, HD DVD extra content and interactivity is always better and more plentiful. While some HD DVD discs are chock full of content and extra clips, its BluRay counterparts are often barren and virtually bereft of any additional content.
Just what are they planning on using all that extra space for anyway?
Take a look at the reviews of ‘Blood Diamond’ for HD DVD versus BluRay, and look at the ‘Extras’:
- HD DVD: http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/602/blooddiamond.html
- BluRay: http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/blooddiamond.html
…HD DVD has 4 stars for Extras; BluRay has 1 1/2 stars.
How about ‘300’? Again, take a look at the ‘Extras’:
- HD DVD: http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/887/300.html
- BluRay: http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/300.html
…3 stars for HD DVD, vs ZERO-NIL-NADA stars for BluRay.
Here’s a funnier one. Compare ‘Black Snake Moan’ and this time look at the Audio rating:
- HD DVD: http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/868/blacksnakemoan.html
- BluRay: http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/blacksnakemoan.html
…how does a format with greater storage somehow suck ass when it comes to recording audio?
Again – ‘Happy Feet’. Check out the Audio rating and the Extras rating:
- HD DVD: http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/601/happyfeet.html
- BluRay: http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/happyfeet.html
And again, even with it’s supposedly superior storage, the HD DVD version had better sound and more extras.
And yet again – ‘March of the Penguins’. Check out the Extras rating: