Friday, August 11, 2006

More bad Blu-ray news

Man, the bad news just seems to keep on trickling in. CNET reports that Sony has released in Australia the BWU-100A, a Blu-ray drive for desktop computers that does everything BUT play back commercial movies released in the Blu-ray format. Evidently it has something to do with copy protection issues.

I don't necessarily blame Sony for this, but it just seems like there's one piece of bad news after another.

Bad Blu-ray news


Apple announced new Mac-Pro desktop machines, but no Blu-ray support. Guess we'll have to wait at least until January for any hope of that.

High-Def Digest reviewed the same titles from Warner released on HD DVD and Bu-ray discs and found the Blu-ray versions wanting; notably issues with aspect ratio, compression not as good, slow navigation, and Warner dropped the Dolby Digital-Plus track off of the Blu-ray release. Admittedly they were comparing a Toshiba HD DVD player (Toshiba developed the standard) with a Samsung player that is known to have some issues, but this is kind of troubling.

Meanwhile, analysts predict that "the battle between two hyped formats for high-definition DVD will confuse shoppers and turn many of them off the whole technology." I don't think anyone needed a crystal ball to come up with that prediction, but it's making me feel kind of blah again about Hi-Def discs...