HD-DVD format up for approval this week in Seattle

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  The DVD Forum will meet in Seattle this week,  with the intent of finalizing the first commercial version of the HD-DVD  blue-laser based disc format, for high-definition television and ...
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For those of you Dreaming of those 30GB To 50GB Disc keep Dreaming. No matter which Format Lockdown is Coming(Unless you did not pay attention to Super Audio).

Blu-ray, please.

http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040611_123607.html ^ claims the steering commity have approved it …hmmmm

from a space-per-disc perspective, (and possibly support too) it would seem the Blu-Ray backers have the upper hand at this stage - approval or no approval.

I don’t think 15 gig for single sided media is enough looking at it from a future perspective. It’s not much more than current dual layer media. Having said that, it does have some advantages in that its supposed to be cheaper and and backwards compatible with current dvd’s.

Backwards compatibility is a key feature here… no-one wants two different drives on their PC! Also we have to realize that DVDs’ 9GB is quite enough for everything at the moment(except for HD-video of course…), and having extra storage for extra money isn’t really worth it(that’s why DVD took so slow on the CDs’ market share until recently). So until we really need all the extra storage, actually no format will succeed in replacing CD/DVD… And when we need more, we need just a bit more, so the cheaper and more functional and reliable(read: backward compatible) one gets my support. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t blu-ray have huge royalties and HD-DVD low or none at all? (thinking about which format would a hardware/software-vendor rather support… leading into HD-DVD having more advanced features…)