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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Blu-Ray and HD-DVD Give Way : Enter Holographics storage

While there is a battle going on about the importance of the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD format war, companies including Turner have already begun to move towards holographic storage. DVD had a good 10+ year run,but the same timespan may not be available for the next upturn.Whichever format "wins" will only be the "best" for maybe 3-5 years as far as capacity as well as read and write speed go. The adoption seems to be happening faster than expected. Early versions of holographic disk storage store up to 300GB per disk, a computer disc about the size of a DVD that can hold 60 times more data with ability read and write data at 10 times the speed of a normal DVD. By 2010, the disks are expected to cost $100 each and store 1.6 terabytes (that’s roughly 1,600 gigabytes) each. Some expect to break the 1TB-per-disk barrier in the next two-three years. Suppport for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray may lose steam with rollouts like this being planned. I think that Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are both fighting a losing battle because holographic discs are pretty close. Blu-Ray and HD DVD are looking to satisfy a couple of needs: more space (related to storing and retreiving movies), high definition (which most people cannot fully use), and tougher encryption (pet theme for movie studioes). The complications galore – In the interim for Blu-Ray and HD DVD to be successful, DVD, the most popular format today has to disappear. The movie studioes may need to stop releasing DVD’s to accelerate adoption of a different standard.

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