Originally Posted by stargate125645
Because the Blu-Ray Consortium gave more money to movie studios than HD-DVD.
We'll never know the totals on both sides. If the BDA gave out more money than the DVD Forum, then the difference is definitely not as large as a royalties the DVD Forum collected in the past decade of DVD exclusivity in the market. You win some, you lose some.
Bit of a bitter statement there. A lot more than money exchanging hands went into HD DVD's demise. It's not like Sony and Toshiba were alone with a couple billion dollars each and started recruiting members. From the start, HD DVD was losing in both hardware and content support and only winning in price, which did not make enough of a difference in the end. A lot of companies, both hardware and content-oriented, started with support for Blu-Ray because they knew it was where the money was going to be
. They didn't require an incentive. To seal the deal, the BDA handed out some money.
Originally Posted by gex80
HD DVD had a better codec system then blu-ray I believe at the time. But blu-ray offered space.
Both specs require the EXACT SAME codec support when it comes to players. It is up to the MOVIE STUDIO to decide which one to use. In any case, the difference in quality between, say, an HD DVD encoded in VC1 and a Blu-Ray Disc encoded in MPEG2 is totally irrelavent because it's hardly there at all.