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So Blu-ray won the high-definition format battle, effectively turning HD DVD into this generation’s Betamax.
Personally, this didn’t affect me at all. I managed to stay out of this turf war largely because a clearer picture and movie theater-quality sound are not things I’ve been willing to invest in. (I might think differently if I had a large-screen TV, of course). As long as DVD’s continue to play and my VHS machine still works, I’m good.
Am I alone here? Or am I missing something?
“If all we do is put high-def movies on discs, we’re going to have a niche laserdisc business,” Universal Home video head Craig Kornblau told Variety. “It’s about creating a unique experience compared to the one we have with the DVD player.”
Is there a “unique experience” to be had?
Or is Blu-ray just an expensive, slightly improved way to pump up the entertainment economy?