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BDA: Microsoft is bad at making predictions

2 September 2007

Frank Simonis, chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Assosciation (BDA), believes strongly in the future of Blu-ray and HD content in general.

Simonis is certain exciting things are soon to come and, unlike Bill Gates who stated that HD content on physical formats will fail, he believes the future of Blu-ray as a high definition format looks very strong.

"I think a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that Microsoft is the Holy Grail," Simonis said.

"The idea that no one wants HD is a story that Microsoft likes to spin. Bill Gates last year had a speech at a University in Chicago where he stated that he didn't need the third generation optical media and will go for downloads."

Continuing his discussion, Simonis sarcastically stated how disheveled Microsoft is that when Vista was announced for a 2004 release, it came out three years late.

With everything considered, Simonis made it clear that he believes Microsoft shouldn't be looked upon for any predictions:

"Microsoft is very bad at making predictions and I think that you can only judge that if the consumer truly has a choice in making use of that application. For standard definition the concept is now slowly coming alive. But high definition is six times more information in the video alone. That's not including the HD 7.1 audio," Simonis underscored.

With the strong support of Blu-ray's size and content, Simonis further mentioned that a downloadable only future is absolutely no threat to Blu-ray:

"So to download a movie of 25GB over the internet, I wish the consumer a lot of success today and hopefully the day after you might have all the content in one form. But with Blu-ray you can buy it all in one go and it's top quality at an affordable price."

Blu-ray is currently outpacing its rival HD DVD, which is supported by Microsoft.

Keep checking PSU for more Blu-ray related information.

Source: Tech


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