Friday, January 26, 2007

Blu-ray and HD-DVD Supporters Fighting Like Ferrets

Okay, here's the setup: the editors at CE Pro conducted two different interviews: one with David Chaplin, manager of the HD-DVD Mobile Experience, which is the group formed to promote HD-DVD at consumer and industry events, and one with Andy Parsons, promotion chair of the Blu-ray Disc Association, and Bill Sheppard, senior industry manager for Digital TV at Sun Microsystems. In both cases, the flacks for both formats were allowed to do what they're paid to do: promote their format and go into high-spin mode.

I know you're asking "So what?" What made it interesting is that CE Pro printed both interviews side by side on their website, with the following headlines:

CE Pro: HD DVD: Blu-ray Camp Spreads Lies, Misinformation

CE Pro: Blu-ray: HD DVD Can't Prevail Without Studio Support

The inflammatory assertions made by both camps has set off some really nasty comments by readers, some of whom are industry insiders for both camps. The comments section on CE Pro is usually pretty genteel and thoughtful, but this editorial exercise has brought out the worst. Who knew that people were so emotional over the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing?

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2 comments:

junger said...

The format war is getting really dirty, Lee. It's a shame, because at least right now, the consumer loses out.

Lee_D said...

You're right, Jason.

I've said before that the format war isn't HD-DVD vs Blu-ray, it's the industry vs consumers.

The trash talk going on in the comments section at CE Pro hint at the desperation that the champions of both formats are feeling right now.

I, and many others said back when this began that bringing two formats to market simultaneously was going to be commercial suicide.

In the words of Jerry Springer, why can't we all just get along?