HD DVD Technologies

Authored by: John Reid Perkins-Buzo

The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138216266
eBook ISBN: 9781315442686
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315442686-27

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Abstract

After the astounding success of standard DVD technologies in the 1990s, the future for optical discs seemed boundless (Dixon, 2005: 58). Along with the continued emergence of high-definition standards for video capture and television broadcast (see Federal Communications Commission website), the need for a high-capacity optical disc format for consumers to enjoy the benefits of these emerging standards also emerged. Any such format would need to store at least four times the data that a standard DVD could hold, and be readable at a much faster rate. It would also need to incorporate features compatible with personal computer operating systems, yet also work with stand-alone players. Standard DVDs lacked these features and the technologies for bringing them to consumers were still under development at that time. What the format would look like was anybody’s guess, with the only given being the disc size: 12 cm, that is, the same size as a standard DVD or CD.

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