Originally Posted by originalprime
Yep. We learned that coexistence is perfectly possible, if not practical for promoting lower prices. My local NBC affiliate still uses Betamax in the editing room. Just because you didn't have it in your living room when you were growing up doesn't mean that it wasn't used, and used heavily...
I would bet they use Betacam, not Betamax. There are two big differences:
1. Betacam is a family of formats, the analog versions of which used the same cassette form as Betamax but recorded component instead of composite video -- the formats on tape are incompatible. Most "beta" in use by TV stations today is one of the digital formats that have almost nothing other than the name in common with consumer Betamax. Consumer Betamax was not close to broadcast quality.
2. The professional market is different in both its technical and marketing requirements. The fact that multiple (many more than just 2) formats for video or audio have long been in simultaneous use in professional settings does not mean that multiple formats can coexist in the consumer space. BD vs HD-DVD is a consumer market war, like VHS vs. Betamax or 8-track vs. cassette. The fact that Betacam, Betacam SP, type C, digibeta, digibeta HD, DVCPro, and many other videotape formats have all had overlapping succes in the professional market doesn't, IMHO, say anything about the possible coexistence of HD-DVD and BD.
(See the wikipedia entry on betacam if you care).
I think the DVD+/- and DVD/RAM experience is more relevant: eventually players and recorders became +/- agnostic, and since most "universal" players and computer drives don't support DVD/RAM, you see much less of it. Plus of course there's the fact that there's no content issue: a single standard covers all purchased content. Laserdisc died a quick death once DVD was on the scene
My prediction is that either one format will win (BD being someewhat more likely) or universal players and / or discs will become the norm. I don't believe the current situation is sustainable. So my strategy is: buy a BH100 now so I can watch everything. Avoid buying discs, but for things my wife has to own *now*, buy BD if possible.