The next boring format war – Wireless HD. Intel, Sony and Toshiba ready to unleash HELL


ultra-wideband.jpgThe next VIOLENT TECH WAR will be about “the last foot” – or how to get HD signals from your HD player to your telly without needing a cable.

Yes, that really is a big problem for some people.

As with everything new, there’s a billion (or maybe about three) competing formats and groups, with each saying theirs is best and all the other ones suck via a series of press releases.

But emerging as favourite to win is WirelessHD – primarily because PC overlord Intel has just come on-board. Which, along with other supporters such as Sony and Toshiba, makes WirelessHD look like winning the race to replace those soon-to-be-obsolete HDMI cables. Doesn’t time fly in the world of cabling?

Use of Ultra-Wideband, which applies to all devices that use the same low-frequency, short-range technology, has already been licensed for use in the UK by the controlling superpowers at OFCOM, so WirelessHD could be here sooner than you might think.

But there’s more – that boring Westinghouse TV up there can use Pulse-Link, another way of beaming HD via the air that’ll be demonstrated at CES next week. So all that fuss about HDMI and DVI will turn out to have been for nothing. Learn from this, HD DVD and Blu-ray fans. Five years from now you’ll realise how pointless it’s all been.

(Via Yahoo!)

For more slightly bewildering broadcast technology news it’s quite difficult to understand about things that won’t be on sale for at least another six years, check out Shiny Media’s HD blog HDTV UK.

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  • Just days before CES 2008, Warner Home Video has announced that they
    are going to stop supporting HD-DVD and support the Blu-Ray format
    exclusively. There are rumors that this decision was made after Sony
    paid Warner 1.8 billion dollars to sign an exclusive contract, one of
    the largest payoffs yet (the second largest being 150 million to
    Paramount and Dreamworks to go HD-DVD exclusively.)

    Warner’s official response, however, was:
    “In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will
    release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc
    format beginning later this year” it was announced today by Barry
    Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President,
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

    After August 2007, Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony said that the Blu-
    Ray format was in a stalemate. “It’s a difficult fight. We were trying
    to win on the merits, which we were doing for a while, until Paramount
    changed sides,” Howard Stringer told the AP.

    Blu-Ray was winning the HD format war in North America and Asia, but
    not Europe, until the Dreamworks/Paramount buyout.

    Many consider this new Warner Home Video buyout to be the end of the
    format war completely.

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