Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Blacksburg, VA, USA
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Can you say Betamax and VHS? DVD-RW and DVD-R+W? PD and CR-R/RW? 8MM, Hi8, VHS-C? 8-track and cassette?
Of course they won't be compatible - for a while. I'm hoping we'll only have five or six years of format wars before one format becomes the standard. I know, this is highly optimistic. Really, until NTSC is taken off the air completely and most of the NTSC TVs and VCRs are at the end of their life cycle, I don't think there will be any consumer (joe six-pack) push to make it happen. More realistically, I'd say ten to twelve years before it really shakes out and a winner emerges.
A company would much rather spend millions of dollers in-house to develop their own system than pay half that cost to a competitor. Simple economics.
Sorry for the bad news, but "Market Forces" must be allowed to work. They tend to work very slowly