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Microsoft predicts Blu-ray, HD DVD obsolete in five years

June 12th, 2007 · 4 Comments

and could be obsolete in just five years. So believes Microsoft’s program manager for Media Entertainment Convergence, Richard Doherty. Speaking at the annual Digital Hollywood conference trade confab in California, he suggested that advances in download and broadband technology could render the current format war moot.  “I don’t know that high definition will be delivered on an optical disc in five to 10 years. At Microsoft, we’d rather HD wasn’t on a disc.”
For the time being however, he added that Microsoft was happy to support HD DVD, principally because it has delivered interactive content in a way that Blu-ray hasn’t. He concluded by saying “this will be the last optical generation. If it survives…”

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Internet and networking · Trade

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark // Jun 15, 2007 at 2:46 am

    He is absolutely correct. I have already seen and started to use various forms of streaming technology and I find some of them already very amzing.

  • 2 Nigel // Jun 15, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    He is absolutely incorrect. The general public will not be content to buy media that they have to keep stored on a hard disk without the ability to have the media stored on some sort of back up disc. Sure, downloadable content may increase in popularity, but consumers will always want access to their content on a disc… even if for the simple purpose of saving content that was digitally downloaded. In which case, blu ray will still end up being far superior.

  • 3 Bernard // Jun 15, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    This is quite possible. I believe there are still will be kinks to work out (storage, time movies are able to be utilized, etc…) but it is quite a possibility. It will be the future as long as both consumer and the industry are at a happy medium. I believe we are ALL looking forward to it!

  • 4 Jrmazza // Jun 15, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Hes right. People dont care about music CDs anymore, they use other devices to store the data (iPods, flash, and so on…). The same is going to happen with movies, but on a slower peace, as the files are comparably much bigger today.

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