Question of the Day: Is Blu-Ray a Placeholder Format?

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According to Laurie Fincham, Chief Scientist at THX, Blu-ray doesn't have much of a future. In fact, she was quoted as saying that "I think it's too late for Blu-ray," in a recent interview with Home Cinema Choice Magazine. The reason? She thinks that consumers are waiting for HD movies to become available on flash memory. While it is true that mankind probably doesn't need another spinning format, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Blu-ray is taking off. In fact, a recent study suggests that it may be in as many as 30 million homes by the end of 2008. So, the question is, do you think Blu-ray will last, or is it merely a placeholder for HD digital video distribution?

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[Home Cinema Choice via DVD Town and DVD Town]

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@NutManIV: Smaller HDTVs are fine, but if they're under 30" probably best to get them in 480p as the difference between 1080p is probably unnoticeable.

My question is how much bigger can movie files get to require lager data formats? At least if we're constraining ourselves to TVs I imagine anything clearer than 1080p being more or less indistinguishable from HDTV now. Unless there's some leap forward in viewing technology how big could movie files get?

To the question at hand, most Americans either aren't tech savvy enough or are too cutting edge and will invest in whatever the latest technology is, regardless of whether it is likely to be replaced in the near future.