Originally Posted by rdclark
Personally, as a veteran of the Laserdisc era, I'm entirely comfortable with a niche format that has the obvious high-end benefits and still relatively low cost of Blu-ray. But I am concerned that sales remain healthy enough that the continuance of the format isn't threatened. For this to happen, the platform has to be functionally mature.
As another veteran of the LaserDisc era (
), I agree with you as well.
In order to have a platform that is functionally mature, the software has to be standardized
between the hardware platforms.
Think about a popular computer program that is written to work on different operating systems, windows, mac, unix, sun, etc. For example, for some reason it will not run on a Linix OS which is based upon the Unix operating system. Now, the Linix folks will have to write a fix in order to for it work since the software company would not do it because it will not be economical for them.
For example, The movie studio releases a very popular film which works on 5 different blu-ray player from various CE manufacture and does not work on 2 players with one from the same manufacture that works on different model and other from completely different CE manufacture. Currently, in order for the movie to work the CE have to write the code not the studio, because at present you can not update the movie disc unless studio are will to accept the trade-in.
At the present, we are now looking at anywhere between 95% to 99% success with blu-ray playback or one in every 100 discs has a problem. However, IMHO, with 3 different blu-ray profiles players and the increasing complex software coming from the studios, more problems will surface within this cycle. Down the road, 1st & 2 nd generation players that had least problems could very well have there share of newer problems.
This why I say it is important to have standards.