Is this the move that could bring Microsoft and Intel in from the cold and end the format war before it starts?
Maybe, more updates as available.
HP Drives Format Compatibility for High-definition DVDs; Issues formal request to Blu-ray Disc Association to add two technologies to its format
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 19, 2005--HP (NYSE:HPQ)(Nasdaq:HPQ) today announced a significant step toward bridging the differences between the two competing high- definition (HD) optical disk formats by supporting two new technologies to be part of the next-generation standard.
The company has formally appealed to the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to include the technologies -- mandatory Managed Copy and iHD -- as part of its format specification. Both technologies are currently supported in the competing HD-DVD format.
The move reflects HP's desire to ensure that customers are not forced to choose between competing HD formats for DVDs.
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