In the manufacturing sense, HD-DVD media is currently much less expensive than Blu-Ray to produce
I don't think this really tips the balance much in the HD-DVD vs.
Blu-Ray war, but it's worth a note. All new technology is outrageously
expensive when it first starts up but improved manufacturing methods
and competition drop the price over time. Anyone remember the first VCRs that cost around $5,000
So, why the cost difference in production? HD-DVD manufacturing can generally use a standard DVD production line
with some minor modifications. These mods are only 1/10th of the cost
needed to ramp up a Blu-Ray manufacturing line, but again, this is
likely a short term difference. Additionally, Blu-Ray discs require a
film layer made only by Sony
. That might be good for Sony in the short term, but bad all around for Blu-Ray if you ask me.