UPDATE: Adding background details.
Pioneer, whose Blu-ray disc player has not been launched yet in the
At a briefing in Germany, Pioneer, who recently indicated it would concentrate on Blu-ray devices, said it still had no “concrete” plans for a European launch of its Blu-ray disk player, but implied that the January 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Blu-ray supporters hope to offer movie-players in bulk, would “lay the ground” for a Europe launch, according to DPA news-agency.
Toshiba, the main pusher of HD DVD, insists it would be ready to sell its HD DVD players in the European Union when trade fair IFA show opens in
Meanwhile, it is reported that Sony, who is the main supplier of Blu-ray laser diodes for Royal Philips Electronics, BenQ and Lite-on IT, and Nichia still blame low yields for inability to supply enough laser diodes to optical disc drive makers.
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats compete for replacing the DVD standard. HD DVD discs can store up to 15GB on a single layer and up to 30GB on two layers. Its competitor, Blu-ray, can store up to 27GB per single layer and up to 50GB on two layers, but Blu-ray discs are more expensive to produce. The HD DVD is pushed aggressively by Toshiba and NEC as well as being standardized at the DVD Forum, which represents over 230 consumer electronics, information technology, and content companies worldwide. Blu-ray is backed by Sony and Panasonic, which are among the world’s largest makers of electronics. Among
Traditional single-layer DVDs allow consumers to watch movies in 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) resolution with Dolby Digital audio. The blue-laser discs will provide consumers 1920x1080 resolution as well as DTS or Dolby Digital Plus audio along with some additional interactive features.
ABI Research believes that Blu-ray players alone will account for only about 30% of the global high-definition DVD player market in 2006, which leaves HD DVD a huge 70% chunk.