Universal Studios Unlikely to Ever Support Blu-ray

Universal Studios has been an early supporter of HD DVD since the beginning of the so-call format war, and is seen as the leading major studio in that camp with no intention of considering joining Warner and Paramount in supporting both formats. Disney, an early Blu-ray supporter, has been reported to consider both formats, while 20th Century-Fox is seen as the stalwart studio in the Blu-ray camp.

Sony's position as Blu-ray's champion is seen as unyielding, since it produces movies and Blu-ray components for both home theaters and PCs.

The issue of widespread studio support is of prime importance to the videodisc retail and rental industry, upon whose well-being the whole video industry still depends. Retailers would rather not divide their shelf space into more than two compartments -- standard-definition (NTSC) and high-def -- if they can at all avoid it. If consumers have to ask store clerks whether or not a disc will play on their machine, just that uncertainty might be enough to make both the consumers and the retailers unwilling to invest in high-definition discs and components of either format.

Kornblau asked consumers to check the blogs. We do that from time to time, and today, we have yet to see clear evidence of consensus - in fact, we're seeing many sources who have either warmed up to both formats for their picture quality, or turned a cold shoulder to both formats for their initial missteps.

In Home Theater Forum, attendees of CEDIA Expo report seeing the latest Blu-ray demonstrations from Sony and others as equaling, if not yet exceeding, HD DVD quality.

Early in the game, Blu-ray supporters including Sony touted its 1080p (progressive) scan capability early on as inherently superior to 1080i (interlaced), while HD DVD supporters including Toshiba responded by saying that interlacing the disc encoding would not affect the quality of the picture in any appreciable fashion. Many, though not all, of the first reviews from video experts would seem to validate Toshiba's view.

But then on Thursday, Toshiba became the first manufacturer to announce the second wave of high-definition players. Showing the first new models behind glass at CEDIA Expo, Toshiba said the HD-A2 and HD-XA2 will feature 1080p resolution, calling it "the highest HD signal currently available." So if Sony had an advantage there for awhile, there it went.

The HD-XA2 will also support the new 1.3 specification for HDMI, the high-definition interconnect standard. This standard enables higher bandwidth connections for lossless audio codecs, plus support for newer video compression schemes. Learning this news, a few HD-XA1 and HD-A1 owners, who are also members of the AV Science Forum, reported feeling "screwed out" of new features that may not be coming their way as upgrades.

Others delighted in the fact that HD-XA1 prices could drop in anticipation of newer models. Almost anywhere you look, if you're searching for evidence of tipped scales, you'll find none.

However, a "scale tipper" could be waiting in the wings, as Toshiba has yet to reveal whether its "2" series will include the newest version of AACS copy protection. It wasn't mentioned in the company's initial releases, and subsequent inquiries into the subject by video experts have gone unresolved - perhaps because it's not a feature people particularly want.

 

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
The smartphone could come with a 4,200mAh battery
 
New iTunes backup password verification system exists in parallel to the much stronger, older iOS 9 system
 
 
ARM's new Bifrost architecture, which focuses on high-end 4K and VR experiences
 
Apple’s 2017 iPhone could employ the use of Samsung’s Flexible OLED Atomic Layer Deposition Technology
 
Redmond not willing to pay so much for Twitter
 
Foxconn and Pegatron will both be behind the production
 
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android 4 Tablet PC with good sound
A cost-effective, 7-inch tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer
October 25, 2013 / 4
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments