Why did Bluray defeat HD DVD in the post VHS format war?

11 Answers

  • 12 months ago
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    Bluray knew that HD DVD was invading from the east, and positioned all troops in the classic far ambush tactic. They caught them by surprise, and slaughtered 80% of the HD DVDs, leading to their surrender on Panasonic Hill, thus ending the bloody post VHS format war.

  • 12 months ago

    The top companies in electronics at the time (other than Toshiba) supported it and they got the major movie companies to support it. It really wasn't much of a war

  • 12 months ago

    Capacity is the main reason.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Bluray held more data than hd DVD

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  • 12 months ago

    Single Layer HD DVD's have a capacity of 15GB.

    Dual Layer HD DVD's have a capacity of 30GB.

    Single Layer Blu-ray Disc’s have a capacity of 25GB.

    Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc’s have a capacity of 50GB.

    Sony made a big mistake when they lost the war with Betamax vs VHS.

    Betamax was the better format for improved picture and sound quality, however, Sony are notoriously greedy and they are never fair enough when it comes to other manufacturers using their technology. They made the same mistake with the MiniDisc which was a great format and far more versatile than the conventional CD. I don't think they were going to let an opportunity like Blu-ray slip away like the other technologies they brought to the table.

  • P
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Basically blue-rays have a significantly higher capacity compared to HD-DVD which proved more practical for long term adoption, especially as the blue ray technology got cheaper.

  • 12 months ago

    Sony campaigned hard for it,

    and paid money, too.

    In other words, they won the good old-fashioned way --- BRIBERY.

  • 12 months ago

    Blockbuster's choice to support Blu-ray undoubtedly played a role.

  • 12 months ago

    PS4 had a Blu-Ray drive and Xbox 360 still had a DVD drive. Kill two birds with one stone.

    Sony owns film distribution and the patents on


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