If you want the Truth about Blu-Ray vs HD DVD

Please read the Joe Kane article in Issue 3 of the Widescreen Review Newsletter (sign up here). Joe is the industry expert on video playback, and he has some very telling comments to make about what is broken about Blu-Ray: why its picture quality is so poor, and why its audio abilities are so limited.

He is very positive on HD DVD, with only one suggestion on how to improve that format.

I assume the interview is or will be in the printed magazine, but I gave up subscribing a few years ago when it turned into "D-VHS fanboy magazine". I might have to take another look now: I always liked their technical content, but the D-VHS bias drove me crazy and the actual quality of the printed magazine was low.

As #3 seems incredibly slow in turning up, here are some of the key points Joe brings up:

"Sony MPEG2 encoders are at least part of the image quality problems of Blu-ray"

"I don't think you'll see any studio releasing dual-layer Blu-ray discs in the near future"

"Apple tried to get VC-1 thrown out of Blu-ray" (but failed and Panasonic's player cannot be released as it didn't support VC-1)

"the better codecs that are mandatory in HD DVD players are optional in Blu-ray"

"It sort of looks bleak for Blu-Ray"

"The D-VHS execution of MPEG2 is better than Blu-ray"

Joe's only real ding on HD DVD was to do with the color space used by the Toshiba player.

Comments (5)
  1. Jason says:

    Where exactly can I find this article by Joe Kane? I can’t find it anywhere. Did you find it online? I don’t even see it in the TOC of the August issue. Help. 🙂

  2. Andy-Pennell says:

    Sorry, I should have been clearer: you have to Subscribe to the newsletter via the link, then wait for them to email #3 to you. My personal #3 has yet to arrive, but I read someone else’s copy.

    Issue #1 is available directly on their site, I assume that in X months time Issue #3 will make it there too.

    It shouldn’t be this hard, I agree.

  3. mikeblas says:

    Turns out one of the porn industry magnates is backing HD DVD. (See http://www.cepro.com/news/editorial/16901.html) The pr0n industry’s clout is not deniable; in 2006, they sold more than $4 billion in DVDs.

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