Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
Nope - you have it backwards. Some of the BDA companies are also DVD Forum Companies. The BDA came after the DVD Forum
There are hundreds of companies that belong to the DVD Forum. Much more than belong to the BDA.
And The DVD Forum controls DVD and HD DVD. Toshiba is a principal member - there are 19 others. They are called the Steering Committeehttp://www.dvdforum.org/forum.shtml
We need facts . . . not misinformation.
Well, then you would be remiss if you failed to mention that Toshiba is the permanent chair of the Steering Committee, and that they had to pack the committee with their allies to force the HD DVD standard through the DVD Forum even though the major studios didn't want blue-violet lasers and the major CE manufacturers preferred the Blu-Ray disc proposed standard.
The BDA's nine Founding Members all have equal say in the direction of the BDA, unlike the DVD Forum. Which is pretty much why they broke off to found the BDA in the first place, because Toshiba was raking in the lion's share of royalties from the DVD standard and the other CE manufacturers got much, much less, a legacy of the agreement which averted a potential format war when DVD was going to be introduced. This time the other CE manufacturers took a stand that they would not be cut out of the royalties the way they were with DVD, and that is why there was a Red vs. Blu format war, because Toshiba was greedy and wanted to protect the DVD royalty cash cow.
But in the end poetic justice was served, and Blu-Ray's victory over HD DVD will guarantee all the CE manufacturers EXCEPT Toshiba will get their fair share of royalties from Blu-Ray disc.