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Build It and Who Will Buy?

24 Mar, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

While embroiled in an ongoing series about the high-definition DVD formats Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, it occurred to me that both camps appear a bit vague on exactly what types of value-added features the high-def discs will offer.

To be sure, both formats suggest enhanced visual and audio components (compared to current DVD), and extended selections of the requisite commentary tracks, deleted scenes, bloopers, etc., as well as navigation capabilities that will make watching a movie like playing a video game.

But early-adopter gamers won't drive high-def DVD consumption to current DVD levels. Mass appeal will.

And thus far, the studios aren't promising much more than a bigger mousetrap.

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