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Toshiba has “called it quits” and Sony’s Blu-ray format has become the undisputed “winner” of the high definition wars. Quite frankly, I’m glad the war has ended.
I decided that I was going to wait until Christmas season this year to decide on which format that I wanted to support/own and now I don’t have to make that decision. As an owner of an XBOX 360, the temptation was there to buy the HD-DVD player but, looking through my “future goggles”, I thought that the format might have a problem “catching on” with the public for various reasons.
The one sticking point that I always came back to with regard to the specificities of the formats was that Blu-ray, from the outset, could hold 20GB of more data that the HD-DVD for its dual layer type media and the theoretical limit for Blu-Ray is 200GB and HD-DVD is only 60GB. This is a major consideration when you consider how fast we are “chewing up” data allocations with our media storage needs. Although, I’ve never worked with authoring a Blu-Ray menu system, my understanding is that the process is/was much harder than the HD-DVD format. I hope that this gets easier now that all efforts can be concentrated on one format. Especially, because it will not be long before we start to attempt to edit our own HD videos and store them on Blu-ray discs in the near future.
Another big move for the Blu-Ray machine was Sony’s decision to include it with the PS3 (Albeit at the $300 price tag for inclusion). This coupled with Blu-Ray’s major Movie studio support of 20th Century Fox, Buena Vista, Hollywood Pictures, Lions Gate, Miramax, MGM, New Line Cinema, Sony, TouchStone, Walt Disney, and Warner Brothers vs. HD DVD movie studio support of only Dreamworks, Paramount, and Universal gave Blu-ray the edge to it needed to best HD-DVD
In the end this victory for Blu-ray makes the shopping decision totally painless for the average user now: Go forth and buy Blu-ray -it’s now the only HD Media disc format in town.
If you are one of those that bought a HD-DVD player the good news is that you will be able to get any HD-DVD title that was created dirt-cheap in the coming weeks and months (until they’re all gone!).
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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