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Blu-ray goes beyond the box office

Erik Hanson

So you've thrown down a grand on that new Blu-ray drive for your PC, and you even snatched up a couple of movies to go with it. You figure, hey, this thing is hooked up to my computer, so I can use it for data as well as video. But you aren't really sure where to buy the blank discs, and they're only 25 gigs anyway; with the prices the way they are now, you can easily afford to burn some coaster DVDs and still have leftovers with more space than that. So what's an early adopter to do in this situation?

Buy an application on Blu-ray media, that's what! ComicBase has recently released a special archive edition of their comic book collection management tool on Blu-ray. Instead of trying to compress down the 150,000 comic book covers they normally put on DVDs, they can now put most of them in high(er) definition using the much bigger storage capacity that Blu-ray offers. It appears the rest of the archive is the same as the DVD edition, although you do pay more and you get quarterly updates on BD as well.

Of course, the competing HD DVD format can store data too, and you can buy laptops with the drive built right in. But no one else is selling anything except movies for HD DVD. So we wonder, will PC manufacturers hold a trump card (as they have often done before) over this format war? Will the lower production cost of HD DVD for distributors affect which format they choose to distribute content on, or will the extra storage capacity (especially once dual-layer Blu-ray discs are on the market) overcome other concerns for data storage? Or, do you think this is nothing more than a fluke for those crazy comic book-collecting early adopters, who are willing to pay extra scratch to see the cover of Tales From Space issue 18 full screen?

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