Let The Format Wars Begin

DVDs that carry high-definition movies are a logical next-step but is proving to be a difficult one

Digital videodiscs are enormously popular, and high-definition televisions are finally starting to catch on. But the next logical step--DVDS that carry high-definition (HD) movies--has proved to be a difficult one. Ordinary DVDs can't hold the data required for true HD video, and electronics manufacturers haven't been able to agree on a new DVD format with enough capacity to do the job. Instead, they have broken into two warring camps: the so-called Blu-ray group (established by Sony and endorsed by Philips, Panasonic, Pioneer and Samsung) and the HD DVD Promotion Group (supported by Toshiba, Microsoft and others). So far, that hasn't been...

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