Originally Posted by steve ans
Sounds like someone who invested in HD DVD. Sony was very smart incorporating BD into their PS3s. I love Blu-ray and I'm sure HD DVD was good but at this point, it's a moot issue.
Sounds like someone that bought into the FUD a little too much. HD DVD's completed spec still required FW updates for the player. I never saw much difference in the technical capabilities between the formats during the war. For all the hype about PiP, only a few titles used it and now that BD has caught up in the four years since Toshiba closed up shop how many viewers really utilize those features. BD had the storage advantage. It's why a vast majority of titles have lossless tracks. I seem to remember very few HD DVDs had lossless audio.
VHS won because JVC wisely developed a format where the recording times were easily worked into how most TV programs were scheduled. Sony's original recording times on a tape required swapping tapes frequently. Also Sony did not initially license Beta to other manufacturers. JVC on the other hand did and hence the prices were more competitive.
It is kind of ironic though that with all the failed formats Sony has backed that BD was the victor in the HD media wars. Howard Stringer was determined not to let BD become the next Betamax. It did probably cost Sony it's historic success with the Playstation brand name. Though Sony putting a BD drive into the console sold me on BD since I was on the fence at that time in 2006. Although I have moved on from the PS3 for BD playback you have to hand it to Sony for making the PS3 the best BD player available for the first few years of the format. They have kept it up to date with the profile changes and added such features as dts-Master Audio decoding and more recently 3D. So again remind me why it was a bad decision to choose BD over HD DVD. My PS3 from 2006 is able to playback BDs that are based on newer specs that weren't even in existence at the time.
Back to topic.... Passive vs. active is NOT a format war. The 3D content you get will playback on either display tech. As a front projector enthusiast, passive display is just to klugey for me right now in my price range. I would need to align two projector images, add some DIY filter system, possibly add a silver screen that are very prone to hotspotting, add some demuxer boxes, etc.
Right now, the active system delivers a much more plug and play experience for a 3D experience I rate better than my local cineplex. All I had to do was take down the old projector. Put up the new one and run a cat5 cable to where I was going to place the IR emitter. Took about an hour to upgrade to the 3D experience.