Saturday, September 05, 2009

Blu-Ray May Fail

All the reasons Cringely gives for Blu-Ray's potential failure make sense to me. To me,the bottom-line is that Blu-Ray delivers only incremental improvement. It's a nice increment, sure, but not enough to justify all the costs and headache of a format switch. In contrast, DVD vs. VHS offered improvement on multiple fronts:
  • The primary one of quality--huge. Resolution, audio and, perhaps more importantly, aspect ratio.
  • Functional improvements--random access, higher storage capacity.
  • Physical improvements--much more convenient form-factor.
  • Economic advantages--cheaper to produce, and bonus of backward-compatibility with CD form factor.

1 comment:

  1. Plus streaming will soon replace dvd and blue ray, right?