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For those unfamiliar with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), they are an association of over 2,000 companies who's general mission is to ensure the interoperability of new and existing electronic devices on the market. They attempt to make standards by which manufacturers develop products to ensure that consumers are not tackled with thousands of radically different products on the market with no roadmap on what to get. Betamax vs. VHS, CD-Rom, DVD, and even the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray battle that is currently being waged, the CEA has their hand in it.

In a recent press release from the CEA, they have decided to cut their projections of next generation media players from 600,000 units to a mere 200,000 units and are urging consumers not to partake in either format until the war has decided a clear cut winner. Even companies that make up the CEA are stating that history has shown that early adopters can be burned if they choose one format and the industry decides on another format. Consumers could find themselves with very expensive devices but little to no media in which to enjoy it.

Although, it seems a bit of common sense to wait on adopting a new format anyway. The more time that goes by, one format is sure to reign supreme over the other and time will also inevitably bring hardware costs down, making it easier on the consumer to purchase next generation equipment. Additionally, with the rise in things such as video-on-demand, IPTV and such, both of these formats will have other non-intended power players to contend with.
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They ran that right above the story titled: "HP announces its first HD-DVD drive for the PC" LOL HP must be happy
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I'm waiting until they're affordable, for sure
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Blue-ray FTW . . . im def waiting as well . . though i want the capability to burn 50+ gigs to a BR-DVD
 
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Blue-ray FTW . . . im def waiting as well . . though i want the capability to burn 50+ gigs to a BR-DVD
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toshiba made a hd-dvd capable of 45gb of storage, so blu-ray doesn't necessarily win there
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Although I hate to say it, I reckon Blu-ray will win, although i really really dont want it to.
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I think we may see something new, in all the other format wars it's always come down to one or the other, I think maybe this time they will both survive. People are getting less and less picky about their digital formats (who here has all mp3's and no wma's or ogg's?), why not their physical formats. There are many co-existing camcorder tape formats as an example. Anyone here own a MAC and a PC? I know with an expensive player involved it is likely to be one or the other for most, but it wouldn't surprise me if they both stuck around for awhile to come.
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Blu-ray FTW but in the end, I just want something with a little less DRM, good picture and sound quality and it can be dropped from a high distance. And I actually only have only MP3s, nothing else.
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toshiba made a hd-dvd capable of 45gb of storage, so blu-ray doesn't necessarily win there
Dual Layer BR is possible. This takes it up to around 96 GB of storage on a single side...

I like Blueray. it's CLEARLY the better technology. Sony did something right for once.


BUT. Funny story. I have a Laser Disc player. anyone else? *****.

Think...DVD but the size of an oldschool vinyl record...maybe a bit bigger...and DEFINITELY heavier...
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I think both will win. For cheap data storage, Blu-Ray. And for Movies, HD-DVD. It'll cut down on piracy too unless one has a dual-format burner.
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Dual Layer BR is possible. This takes it up to around 96 GB of storage on a single side...

I like Blueray. it's CLEARLY the better technology. Sony did something right for once.


BUT. Funny story. I have a Laser Disc player. anyone else? *****.

Think...DVD but the size of an oldschool vinyl record...maybe a bit bigger...and DEFINITELY heavier...
we used a laserdisc player in my 4th grade class(im a junior in college now). I remember it being the coolest thing i had ever seen, until no one could figure out how to get it out of only spanish. It was a sad attempt at our district trying to get at the forefront of technology
    
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