weighs in on the format war

This is by far the best anayisis of the format war i’ve read anywhere on the web.


At the advent of high definition, hardware makers and studios once again teamed up in two competing groups, but this time, despite negotiations to get a single format, no consensus was reached. Interestingly, when the two groups had come together before the inception of DVD, they formed a common standard group called the DVD forum, which is responsible for standardization, licensing and development of the format. But when the group around Sony couldn’t convince the other DVD forum members to adopt its ideas (via their votes in the group), they went ahead and created their own format outside the umbrella of the DVD forum. If you think back just a few years, we saw the same thing with DVD- and DVD+.