Blu-ray update

I haven’t posted any of the updates on the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD battle lately. There has been a smattering of news, MGM announced it would officially support Blu-ray only, not surprising since Sony basically owns them. The Blu-ray group said yes to mandatory managed copy and no to iHD. Fox’s co-chairman made a statement Thursday about how Blu-ray is gaining an edge…
The really big news seems to be unrelated. Holographic storage has made some big moves, and may make it to the consumer market as early as 2007, much sooner then expected. Capacity at the start will be around 300GB, much more then even Blu-ray at its max can do, with limits over the 1.3TB range. At the moment, they holographic storage people are not marketing it as a next generation DVD, but if they did, it would make moot the whole Blu-ray vs HD-DVD battle since regular DVDs would certainly last until 2007 if they can get the holographic discs to market in time… of course there is a format war going on there as well, with at least two major formats ready to hit the market.