Blu-ray and Sony – Does the Consumer Win?
Although Blu-ray has the edge in the format war it's far from over. This video will make a case not necessarily for HD DVD but questioning the Blu-ray format's resolve to put forth the interests of the consumer.
So, BD+ was a complete failure. But the plan to implement additional DRM is one example of how the Blu-ray Disc Association does what it can to get on the side of the studios. DRM is not good folks, there's a principle at stake here.
It was a smart strategy to get your format ahead of the other guy. But where does that leave the consumer? Average Joes like us who want to do the coolest stuff possible with a true next generation disc format are liable to be left off the BDA's innovation train. The BDA's unwillingness to support Vista features like Mandatory Managed Copy and iHD seems to be for no other reason than it wants to oppose Microsoft (which supports HD DVD).
Honestly, I'm not taking sides in the "format war". I think it's dragging down the Home Theater industry as a whole. The wisest dollars aren't taking sides until there is one format. But, I question why Sony would bother implementing innovative new ideas in the future of Blu-ray. Buying into Blu-ray seems a bit like hiring a fox to guard the hen house.
Welcome to the first Tunnel Vision that will feature rants and raves from inside Consumer Electronics.