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HD DVD vs Blu Ray DVD

In case you missed it, Paramount and Dreamworks announced that they will release their upcoming titles exclusively on the HD DVD format.

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It looked like the Blu Ray format had the early lead, but now with Paramount and Dreamwork's announcement, it's anyone's guess.

Currently, Apple's DVD Studio Pro does not support burning of Blu Ray DVD's. It does support authoring for HD DVD's however. On a strange note, the DVD player included with Mac OS X can only play HD DVD's that were authored in DVD Studio Pro. This is true even if a compatible HD DVD player is connected to the system.

I hope the industry eventually decides on one format. Otherwise, things are going to be ugly in terms of compatibility issues. If one format doesn't win, the consumer will pay higher costs for players and burners. Just imagine, this would mean that you'd need to buy both a Blu Ray or HD DVD player in order to play both formats. Or, we'll pay a higher price for some sort of hybrid player that can handle both disks.


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