High Def DVD - Tuesday, July 08, 2008 Format War? More Like...

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008 Format War? More Like a Scuffle Between Blu-ray and HD DVD FOXBusiness The latest home theater format war was over before it even began. In the battle that seemed to be shaping up between high definition formats made by Toshiba and Sony, Sony’s (SNE) Blu-ray disc quickly came out on top over Toshiba’s HD DVD. Ever wonder what makes or breaks the success of a gadget? Companies tout them as being the next “must have” gizmos, but in reality they do little more than fizzle in sales. FOXBusiness.com investigates five of the biggest tech flops and what led to their demise. It was nothing like the epic war between the original home theater formats that pitted Sony’s Betamax tape against JVC’s VHS format -- a battle that lasted from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The most recent competition was more of “a format skirmish,” according to Joshua Fruhlinger, managing editor of the gadget blog Engadget. Both Blu-ray and HD DVD were sold at all the major electronics retailers, including Best Buy (BBY) and Circuit City
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2011 for the course ECON 2100 taught by Professor Darrinv.gulla during the Summer '08 term at Morehouse.

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