Monday, December 10, 2007

Michael Bay throws Microsoft into the HD Format Wars

As if the the back and forth arguments between the two opposing fields (HD DVD and Blu Ray) weren't enough, Hollywood star director Michael Bay has thrown Microsoft right into the middle of it. In his official forum, Bay said:
What you don't understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.

Well, I don't know if that's true or not - but it doesn't take a mega-famous director to realize that the future of High-Def movies is indeed digital downloads.

As for his preference for the Blu ray "superiority", maybe he should check what's happening with the Blu Ray profiles causing a lot of headaches for those with older players. Would you accept buying a DVD that requires you to buy a new DVD player as well? That's what's happening with bluray right now.
All the new "stuff" that Blu-ray is trying to implement, is on the HD-DVD right from the start.

Stripped from those features, HD-DVD and Bluray are basically just a storage medium, and both are enough to store a high quality MPEG4 H264 High definition movie. (Not even considering their newer mutiple layer improvements, allowing 51Gb on triple layer HD-DVDs and even more on Blu-ray discs.)

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