Vice versa in the US and Europe though. Perhaps the lack of success of HD DVD in Japan is because only the expensive XA1 and an even more expensive recorder are the models available there (hence no price advantage) and the discs use AVC (hence no quality advantage)?Only 14% market share for HD-DVD compared to Blu-ray which got 86% right now of the HD market.
Personally I would say it's no/more less relevant than any of the other statistics/guesses/polls/discussions that we have here...Cut the crap with Betamax, it's pointless really
MD recordable is a niche market with musicians and for video ( I know I still use them) but for portable music MP3 and I tunes are here to stay. SACD: I have DVD players which can play them and have truly never seen one in a shop. Arcam and Linn assure me to keep playing CDs on their kitWhat about Betamax was still being produced in Japan until the late 90's! There's also the fact MD recordable is still massive world wide & have you seen how many SACD's you can buy now.
Polls don't mean nothing! Buy what you like not what your told!
No, the real treasure is people seem to mention Betamax everytime the conversation about BR comes up, really, be original for a change.Oh you really are a treasure Mitch ...anything else you'd like to dictate that people restrict their commentary to?
Would you prefer we compared BR to UMD then? or Minidisc? or Memorystick? or any other sony produced media that failed to make an impact on the mass market?To whole Betamax/Blu-Ray comparison is BS and leads to nowhere closer than to somewhere.
The preponderance of evidence point to Japan as not indicative of world taste, at least not in video formats. Betamax had a lead there, so is the UMD and other SOny formats enjoying brisk market support that didn't happen elsewhere. There must something about the Japanese market psyche that goes against world grain.Would you prefer we compared BR to UMD then? or Minidisc? or Memorystick? or any other sony produced media that failed to make an impact on the mass market?
Oh... Betamax aside there are 3 or 4 formats that might sound irritatingly familiar ( Micro MV, Digital 8... UMD.. Minidisc is just about OK ... for now).....
Betamax failed, Blu-Ray hasn't, far from it. I know people want it to fail, which is something quite different from reality.
BluRay has been in a production for what - a couple of years - and is currently the second choice in every market other than Japan.Betamax failed, Blu-Ray hasn't, far from it. I know people want it to fail, which is something quite different from reality.
Indeed - but I was making a general point that a format that only ceased production in 2002 after over twenty years of production can hardly be compared to less of a success than an optical format that is drowning in negative publicity after only 3 years.Betamax and Betacam are not quite the same thing.
You mean like HD DVD doesn't need yours?Would you prefer we compared BR to UMD then? or Minidisc? or Memorystick? or any other sony produced media that failed to make an impact on the mass market?
If BR is going to overtake HD-DVD and become the HD format of choice, it doesn't need your help.