There’s no sign of a ceasefire anytime soon in the format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD with UK media analysts, Screen Digest, claiming it’s set to continue until at least 2011.
The analysts also claim that any film studio exclusively supporting one format over another is simply hurting their bottom line.
Richard Cooper, Screen Digest video analysts, believes that the forthcoming festive season could be a crucial time for both camps – although with so little hardware available it’s the early adopters that will eventually feel shortchanged.
Despite claims of dominance supported by skewed statistics from both camps, there’s still no clear leader and alternatives have already started to arrive including different discs and delivering HD films via broadband.
With a high speed connection, there’s the possibility of streaming high-definition movies via the Internet, either for a limited rental period or to store on PVRs.
Who needs discs anyway?