DVD dispute burns at PC makers

After quietly heating up over recent months, the battle over next-generation DVD formats boiled over Thursday, as Dell and Hewlett-Packard assailed Intel and Microsoft, which have lined up in the opposite camp.

Looks like Dell and HP aren’t happy with Microsoft and Intel over the latter two backing HD-DVD. The format war is starting to heat up. In this case I have to say that Dell and HP carry more weight – they are the two largest PC vendors in the world, and they control what goes into their boxes. If they ship BD and not HD-DVD, there is nothing Intel and Microsoft can do about it. Neither Intel nor Microsoft ship optical HW – other than Xbox. Microsoft has video playback software, but a codec is a codec – VC-1 is still VC-1 be it on HD-DVD or BD, etc.

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  • gweepprefect

    I’ve been starting to hear a lot of patently false crap being spewed by people about HD-DVD… One particular bit was that (paraphrased) “you know, Blu-Ray is only 25GB now, the higher capacities are only in the lab.. whereas HD-DVD has 30GB today.”


  • genkigenki

    isn’t it old news that microsoft backed HD-DVD? like, REALLY old news?

  • megazone

    They never really came out and said “We back HD-DVD” until now, but they’ve said nice things about it in the past and they are working with Toshiba.