Originally posted by CodeWarrior
There's a pretty big list of Heavy Hitters behind Blu-Ray:
Its Board of Directors consists of Apple; Dell Inc.; Hewlett Packard Company; Hitachi, Ltd.; LG Electronics Inc.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Panasonic (Matsushita Electric); Pioneer Corporation; Royal Philips Electronics; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; TDK Corporation; Thomson; Twentieth Century Fox; and Walt Disney Pictures and Television
Microsoft, ATI, and NVidia are also supporting Blu-Ray.
That's very powerful group.
I do wish they could have come out with a single standard. I guess it's like DVD-/+ all over again.
This is the key list so far.
Why? Without the mechanisms to run the DVDs (i.e., DVD players, burners, so on and so forth) that are all the major players listed above content producers don't hold shit in the way of power on this issue.
The same machines they use to encode these DVDs require computers with operating systems to do so.
Windows Longhorn won't see the light of day until 2007 and with all the fuckups regarding WinFS and major performance bottlenecks of Avalon it could be even later.
OS X 10.4.9 will be out before Longhorn and with it's native Blue-Ray Disk support, built-in I suspect a lot of content producers will be utilizing Apple's soon to be announced updated suite of HD tools.
All the major home DVD player makers are supporting Blue-Ray.
So let's see who will budge, eh? Care to wager the Producers don't have as deep of pockets? Afterall, the machine makers don't just make DVD players.
As was mentioned, Sony is huge into Movies, Television, Video Games and Music. Disney is more than just cartoons since it owns several other mainstream studios. The same goes for FOX.
Time Warner will cave first since it's stock hovering at almost $18/share hasn't done shit in 4 years and with their fiduciary responsibilities of serving its stock holders you bet either someone gets fired or makes the decision to join in with Blue-Ray.
With PS/3 coming out way ahead of XBox-2 Sony will only widen it's gap.
So far, MSFT (since I can verify this with the 10-Q) continues to lose hundreds of millions, per quarter, on the XBox. Having suffered over $2 Billion in losses on the XBox it will only widen when the PS/3 is released.
Gates will wish he had allowed the DOJ to break the company up into 3 or 4 separate corporations--the stock is so heavily saturated it's only providing dividends and absolutely no capital gains for the past 3 years. It won't improve either.
Last 5 year ride:http://money.excite.com/jsp/ct/bigch...FT&chartdate=7
It's great if you are Bill Gates, but not if you want to make money on Capital Gains.
DELL is targeting $80 Billion/year future revenue sales. That means they must get more heavily into Consumer Electronics. They have lots of clout.
2007 is the transition year for HDTV across the U.S. Video Card Manufacturers will become important providers of chipsets in these systems pushing much higher resolution content. Nice to see they already back the standard with more options.