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Blu-ray scores major new supporter

Posted on September 9th, 2007 at 07:43 EDT

Today, Asus joined hands with Sony to support its Blu-ray format. Along with being a supporter, Asus announced a multi-format DVD writer that includes the ability to play BD media.

Asus’s Blu-ray disc drive, known as BC-1205PT, is an internal SATA drive for PCs. It will of course handle DVD-ROM writing duties, along with CD-R/RW. It will be able to burn DVD±R/RW media at a speed of 12x and dual-layered discs at 4x. Unfortunately, it will only read BD-ROMs (at 5x) and won’t be able to write to BD-R or BD-RE media. According to Asus the drive is good for "high-resolution movie playback". But, in order to watch movies, users will need compatible BD playback software. A release date on Asus's new drive has yet to be announced.

Dell's very own Tom Pratt, a Technology Strategist, believes that Blu-ray is needed for the expansion of the PC platform in a rising digital home. One of the positive outcomes of Blu-ray is that it can store huge data files that are becoming more common with games and movies.

"For instance, a feature film can be distributed on one Blu-ray Disc with plenty of room for additional content such as out-takes and interactive games. Play the disc in the PC Blu-ray Disc drive and view high-definition video, as well as expanded interactive features that take advantage of the PC's connection to the Internet. The Blu-ray Disc can present interactive content, including games, information about the movie, and downloadable subtitles, sounds, and just-released movie trailers that can be saved to the PC's hard drive." said Pratt.

Most major computer manufacturers are choosing Blu-ray as a primary disc drive, as opposed to HD-DVD.

According to Pratt, "there was no PC industry involvement in HD-DVD development to address data storage capabilities. Blu-ray Disc technology is superior because it meets all the requirements for next-generation removable storage. It has higher storage capacity, a richer feature set, can be used for data storage and high-definition content delivery, and allows for backward compatibility with CDs and DVDs. It also has broad industry support and well-defined formats, which will help to avoid the compatibility issues associated with previous removable storage transitions. With these strengths, Dell believes that Blu-ray Disc technology is likely to dominate for the next decade or more.”

We've listed some of the supporters in each camp below:

Blu-ray:

Warner Bros.
Disney (Buena Vista)
Fox
Lionsgate
MGM
Sony Pictures
New Line
Dell-PC
Asus-PC

HD-DVD:

Warner Bros.
Paramount
Universal Studios
The Weinstein Company
First Look
Dreamworks
Dimension
New Line

Currently, Blu-ray appears to be outperforming HD-DVD. Part of this success is attributed to the PlayStation 3, which can play Blu-ray movies, and also to the superior movie studio support the format has.

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posted 8:17am EDT - September 9th, 2007
1

The more the merrier!

posted 11:11am EDT - September 9th, 2007
2

Why is New Line on both lists?

posted 11:29am EDT - September 9th, 2007
3

psn id:gingo... good stuff and newl ine and warner borthers are on both lists because they both put their films on HD DVD and blu ray

posted 11:48am EDT - September 9th, 2007
4

New line a is subsidiary of Time Warner. And warner supports both formats.

posted 1:46pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
5

I figured Asus would be on the list at the beggining

since they make the PS3 motherboard

posted 2:25pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
6

good news. let´s hope that some companys that are with HD-DVD quikly understand that bluray is the dominating tecnology. by the way, a price cut of the bluray movies wouldn´t be bad at all ;)

posted 2:55pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
7

never heard of asus, oh well.

posted 5:30pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
8

almost 50-50

posted 6:51pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
9

I Got an Asus Motherboard, Always served me. Great company and products, good win for sony.

posted 8:57pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
10

Blu-ray wins again.

posted 11:07pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
11

Price Cut on Blu-Ray movies? considering you can nip into Asda and buy, for example, Wild Hogs on Blu-Ray for about £18 or £19 and the DVD copy is only £14 or so it's not that big a leap...given time the Blu_Ray priced will drop the same way DVD prices did...anyone remeber the double sided copies of Face Off that were sold for about £25??? I have one upstairs...

posted 11:08pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
12

Dell is 100% Blu-ray.   That is INCREDIBLE news.

Buy a BD gamers

Live Blu

posted 11:37pm EDT - September 9th, 2007
13
you forgot to add tartan asia extreme they support blu ray
posted 1:13am EDT - September 10th, 2007
14

Blu-Ray reigns supreme..

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