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Tom Hanks to Help Blu-Ray’s Success

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I saw this tidbit thanks to pfblogs.org and the Japan Stock Blog, part of the Seeking Alpha Network.

Ever since the two next-generation video disc formats, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD were announced, I was pulling for Sony‘s Blu-Ray to come out on top, simply because it allowed for more storage space and fewer security features.

Sony is now counting on the success of The Da Vinci Code (produced by Sony) to propel the format. The movie will be the first major title to be released on Blu-Ray discs.

While you may not be ready to buy a Blu-Ray disc player, a large number of households will own Sony’s PlayStation 3, which is built with Blu-Ray compatibility.

On the other hand, Microsoft is getting behind the HD-DVD format. The company’s upcoming operating system Vista, will support this format. If Blu-Ray takes off in popularity before the operating system is released, hopefully Microsoft will see the need to support the Sony format as well.

Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published May 23, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Jason

I am pulling for Blu-Ray as well to win as it appears to be the better format from little bits of info I’ve heard. It sounds eerily like the betamax vs vhs battle. I’d hope that the superior technology wins out but my fear is that it will come down to price and slick marketing. Vista’s support for blu-ray will probably be a pretty good indicator of whose winning the format war.

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