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Thursday, June 14 12:00 AM ET

DVD Format Showdown
HD DVD Vs. Blu-ray

By Brian Briggs

Other tech sites will bore you with in-depth "technical details" and performance specs in their product analysis.  At BBspot we pull back from the boring benchmarks to compare the superficialities, and we do it all on a single page.

Since the dawn of video tape, movie studios and technology companies have strived to develop new formats to allow you to repurchase movies in new formats. This allows them to increase profits, while limiting production cost. Sadly for this next-generation of repurchases, the corporations can't agree on which format will make them the most money. Will it be Blu-Ray or HD DVD?

We take a look at these two formats and try not to dig too deep. Here's what we found...

Names

Blu-rayHD DVD - Combining a new acronym (HD) with an old one (DVD) may make it easier for people to understand, but it's hardly inspiring. I fear it could lead to an ever-lengthening string of initials for future generations. SP RL HD DVD XX anyone?

Blu-Ray - It could be the sea creature that killed the Crocodile Hunter, or maybe it's what Han Solo shoots at the stormtroopers. You may not know what it is at first glance, but you're impressed.

Advantage - Blu-Ray

Domain Names

HDDVD.com - Takes you to a "news" site about HD DVD. You'd think the international conglomerates behind the technology could've secured the domain before making the name.

Blu-ray.com - Almost exactly the same site for Blu-ray as there is for HD-DVD. Didn't either of them think ahead?

Advantage - Tie

Say It in Reverse

HD DVDDVD DH - Sounds like the movie guy who hits for you when you're pitching, but at least it's still movie related thanks to the palindromic DVD.

Yar-ulb - Sounds like one of those extra characters from Star Wars that they created just to sell toys, but was only on the screen for ten seconds.

Advantage - HD DVD

Google Fights

The best two out of three wins...

Porn looks better on HD DVD - 625,000 results

Porn looks better on Blu-ray - 293,000 results

For porn HD DVD is the winner.

Winner: HD DVD

Buying HD DVD disks supports terrorism - 466,000 results

Buying Blu-ray disks supports terrorism - 239,000 results

Winner: Blu-ray

HD DVDHD DVD molested me as a child - 11,00

Blu-ray molested me as a child - 13,200 results

Winner: HD DVD

Advantage: HD DVD

Outer Planets

What are the people on the outer planets of Xymorf using these days?

HD DVDHD DVD - I could lie and say that I know the answer to this one. Instead I'll just make something up.

Blu-ray - After a centuries long battle that engulfed the entire Xymorfian civilization, the forces of HD DVD defeated the forces of Blu-ray at the Battle of Kilhethilak.

Advantage: HD-DVD

Celebrity Crime

Which DVD format would be most likely used in commission of a crime by a celebrity?

Would O. J. Simpson choose to stab his wife with this format?

HD DVD - Yes

Blu-ray - Yes

Would Lindsay Lohan drive this disk drunk?

HD DVD - Yes

Blu-ray - Yes

Would Keith Richards snort this one?

HD DVD - Yes

Blu-ray - Yes

Would Wil Wheaton knit this one into a clown sweater and wear it?

HD DVD - Yes

Blu-ray - Yes

Advantage: Tie

Virtual Coin Flip - Best of 11

The virtual coin flipper was used at random.org. I chose the rather appropriate Chinese 150 Yuan for flipping:

Blu-rayHD DVD - Heads

Blu-ray - Tails

Results: H-T-T-T-H-T-H-T-H-T-T

Advantage: Blu-ray

Conclusions

It was a close fought battle, but HD DVD beats Blu-ray by a score of 3-2 with 2 ties. HD DVD wins our Technical Award of Excellence.

See our other showdowns.

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