Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Possible Step Forward for Blu-ray?

On Wednesday, Sony, Philips, and Panasonic announced a "single, one-stop shop" license for Blu-ray, CD and DVD that should make the manufacture of Blu-ray drives and players a lot less of a headache.

Steve Jobs famously explained that Apple hadn't put Blu-ray drives in its Macs yet because the format is a "bag of hurt"—an ironic comment since Apple is part of the Blu-ray consortium. Folks are once again speculating whether this deal will inspire Apple and other manufacturers to bother with the format, although ZDNet still doubts it'll be in consumer machines any time soon..

"We imagine some of Apple's high-end customers, like media studios, might want the ability to read and write Blu-ray discs from their Macs. So maybe Apple will do it anyway to keep them from running Windows."

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