February 26, 2006

A Look At Blu-Ray V DVDHD [11:57 am]

In Sony’s Stumble, the Ghost of Betamax

The possible delay and the Blu-ray group’s loss of its once-commanding lead are not encouraging developments for Sony in its attempt to revive its electronics group after a series of bungles. PlayStation 3 is crucial to Sony’s future, and not only because the latest version of its gaming consoles could generate billions in revenue; the new machines will include disc drives that will turn them into Blu-ray DVD players as well.

[...] A DECADE ago, a prospective death match between competing first-generation DVD players was averted when Sony and Philips agreed to back down and join the Toshiba/Warner Brothers side, in exchange for a share of royalties that all DVD player producers pay to the format’s creator. Now, no truce seems near, as neither side wants to settle for a small piece of what could be a big electronics success.

So consumers and retailers may be in for a reprise of the confusing VHS-Betamax showdown of the early 1980’s, with Toshiba replacing Matsushita as Sony’s adversary. But Sony hopes to have a happier resolution this time. Sony lost the battle two decades ago when its highly regarded Betamax technology was defeated by VHS, a more widely accepted alternative.

Once again, the differences between the two technologies are not huge. And a growing chorus of critics, including some studio chiefs eager to sell new products as quickly as possible, call the Blu-ray format unnecessarily elaborate and expensive.

Slashdot’s In Sony’s Stumble, the Ghost of Betamax

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Perfect 10 Fallout for Google Book Search? [11:53 am]

Ruling May Undercut Google in Fight Over Its Book Scans [pdf] [via Slashdot]

Representatives of publishers and authors who have filed lawsuits against Google over its Book Search program said they believed that the decision raised questions about a case that Google had cited in its defense of the Book Search program.

Some intellectual property lawyers agree. “I think the judge’s decision completely sets up the case the authors have against Google,” said Karen S. Frank, a partner at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, a San Francisco law firm, who is not involved in the lawsuit.

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