View Full Version : HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray

05-20-2006, 04:05 PM
:shocked: DVD is, by some measurements, the greatest success in consumer electronics history. Following its 1997 debut, it took the format just a few years to completely conquer the home-video market previously ruled by VHS tapes. Before it even reaches its 10th birthday, however, the electronics industry and the Hollywood studios are already putting DVD out to pasture. Two rival next-generation formats--Blu-ray and HD-DVD--are scheduled to hit store shelves this spring. Both display movies in full high-definition resolution, addressing one shortfall of the current DVD format, which is only standard-def. But to get that improved visual fidelity, you have to decide to buy either a Blu-ray player or an HD-DVD player--and be willing to live with a list of caveats a mile long. As a result, CNET recommends that you refrain from buying a Blu-ray or an HD-DVD player in the short term. To explain why we're so cautious, we'll take a look at both formats, examine how they compare to one another, and highlight the advantages--and disadvantages--they offer compared to the current generation of DVD.

Blu-ray, HD-DVD, and DVD formats compared

Blu-ray and HD-DVD are rival incompatible formats, a situation that recalls the Beta vs. VHS battle that stifled the early growth of the VCR and home-video market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite an attempt to unify the two standards in 2005, the corporate godfathers of the two formats--Sony for Blu-ray and Toshiba for HD-DVD--failed to come to an agreement.

What that means to you is that no Blu-ray player will be able to play HD-DVD discs, and no HD-DVD player can play Blu-ray discs. If a movie comes out in one format, there's no guarantee that it will be available in the other. Certain studios could release movies in both formats, but you'll still have to be careful not to buy the wrong version of the movie. Adding to the frustration is the fact that the capabilities and features of the two formats are far more similar than they are different--as shown by the chart below.


05-20-2006, 06:26 PM
blue ray will catch the market in the future..we l hav 2 switch.the dvd player wud be like da VCR nw..

06-01-2006, 03:32 AM
don't c much difference in Blu-Ray, so i'll stick to DVDs :)

09-11-2012, 11:31 AM
don't c much difference in Blu-Ray, so i'll stick to DVDs :)

Really then u hav no idea about blu rays dude ..!