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For PCs, Microsoft is backing HD-DVD while Apple is backing Blu-ray. Sounds great for HD-DVD until you read that for video games, Sony PlayStation 3 is backing Blu-ray (and 1080p HDTV!)while Microsoft XBOX 360 is sticking with "normal" DVDs, focusing more on becoming the home media center (not a bad idea).

While the DVD infrastructures already in place would serve HD-DVD manufacturers, costly new facilities and operations would need to be created in order to support the Blu-ray format. However, given the fact of piracy, requiring new facilities may actually be an ADVANTAGE.

The latest I've heard is that the new DVD factions are wising up (perhaps learning from slow consumer acceptance of SACD and DVD-Audio) and Sony (Blu-ray leader) and Toshiba (HD-DVD leader) are in talks about unifying the 2 formats. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japanese newspaper) reported each camp still wants to use their own disc structure but Sony offers to use HD-DVD's software technology while Toshiba suggesting using Blu-ray's multi-layer recording technology. Seems a bit late in the game to be talking about unifying the technology (I'll believe it when I see it) but it would be best for the industry to avoid the beta/VHS format wars.

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