Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVDNow that everyone has caught their breath from CES, it's nice to see a solid "state of the state" for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD based on info from the show. HD Issues has the simple skinny on which production companies support which format (or both), what authoring solution each are using, who will have blank media, which players bared all for the CES paparazzi, and where you can get the goods when they hit the retail shelves. By far the most surprising aspect to the format war continues to be the huge price difference in the initial hardware. We saw HD-DVD players that will fetch $500 while the Blu-Ray players were around the one grand mark. Guess we'll be paying more for that extra disc capacity, at least initially.

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