HDDVD R.I.P

It's almost official. HDDVD is dead. The people's dollars have spoken and everyone prefers Blu-ray over HDDVD to suit their high def needs. The High def format wars started neck to neck but as the months passed, more and more studios started going to blu-ray, the latest one being Warner. Although majority of the population could care less since most people still buy DVDs, but for those who are interested, here are the specs for all 3 formats.

Feature DVD HD DVD Blu-ray
Maximum native resolutions supported via HDMI EDTV (480p) HDTV (720p, 1080i, 1080p) HDTV (720p, 1080i, 1080p)
Maximum image-constrained native resolutions supported via component video1 EDTV (480p) EDTV+ (960x540) EDTV+ (960x540)
Disc capacity 4.7GB (single layer)
8.5GB (dual layer)
15GB (single layer)
30GB (dual layer)
51GB (prototype triple layer)
25GB (single layer)
50GB (dual layer)
100GB (prototype quad layer)
Video capacity (per dual-layer disc)2 SD: approximately 3 hours
HD: n/a
SD: approximately 13 hours
HD: 5.1 or 3.3 hours, depending on encoding method
SD: approximately 23 hours
HD: 8.5 or 5.6 hours, depending on encoding method
Audio soundtracks3 Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Uncompressed linear PCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution, Dolby Digital, DTS Uncompressed linear PCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution, Dolby Digital, DTS
Manufacturer support (home theater)4 All Toshiba, LG, Thomson/RCA, Onkyo, Samsung Hitachi, Mitsubishi, LG, Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Philips, Thomson/RCA
Manufacturer support (PC storage)4 All Microsoft, Intel, HP, NEC, Toshiba Apple, Dell, BenQ, HP, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, TDK
Studio support4 All Paramount, Studio Canal, Universal, Warner (until end of May 2008), the Weinstein Company, DreamWorks Animation Sony Pictures (including MGM/Columbia TriStar), Disney (including Touchstone, Miramax), Fox, Warner, Lions Gate
Compatible video game consoles PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360 Xbox 360 (via external HD DVD accessory, sold separately) PlayStation 3
Player prices $99 and less $130 (Xbox 360 accessory); $150 and more (stand-alone players); $999 for combo player $399 (PlayStation 3); $499 and more (stand-alone players); $999 for combo player
Movie prices $6 and more (retail) $20 to $28 (retail) $20 to $28 (retail)
Number of titles available at the end of 2007 50,000-plus about 330 about 360
Players are backward compatible with existing DVD videos Yes Yes Yes
Set-top recorders available now Yes No No
"Managed copy" option5 No Yes Yes
Copy protection/digital rights management6 Macrovision, CSS AACS, ICT AACS, ICT, BD+, BD-ROM Mark
Region-coded discs and players7 Yes No (currently; could change in future) Yes

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