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Blu-Ray Group Selects Microsoft Codec! - 9/1/2004 4:42:08 AM   
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The Blu-Ray Disc Association said Tuesday that it will require Microsoft's VC-1 video codec, based on Windows Media, to be included in the read-only BD-ROM spec.
Blu-Ray, backed by companies like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Philips and Matsushita will require the codec to be used in playback equipment. The rival HD DVD format, backed by NEC and Toshiba, has already endorsed the VC-1 codec in its own specification.

"We've been committed to adding advanced codecs to enrich the Blu-ray Disc format," said Maureen Weber, general manager of HP's optical storage solutions business and a member of the Blu-Ray group, in a statement. "We want to offer content providers a variety of compression codecs to suit their various needs. With the addition of Microsoft's VC-1, we extend that option in a package that makes Blu-ray Disc's capacity advantage even more substantial while still delivering the picture quality that consumers demand from high-definition technology."

Microsoft will maintain its neutral position in supporting the emerging high definition video formats, said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows Media division, in a statement.


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RE: Blu-Ray Group Selects Microsoft Codec! - 9/1/2004 4:06:55 PM   
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so we can expect Linux support to be very poor then?


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RE: Blu-Ray Group Selects Microsoft Codec! - 9/1/2004 5:40:54 PM   
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Microsoft is gaining even more ground in this story if someone asks me ...they buy or get involved into new technologies by using some other strange methods...and...they are again on top...earning even more $$$... Because Blu-Ray sure is gonna be big thing in near future ....millions and millions of $$$ to be earned....so...M$ knows well what is it doing....dont You never doubt in that...

Cya around...bye.


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And for Linux...my condolence...You lost again...missed it by an inch...


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RE: Blu-Ray Group Selects Microsoft Codec! - 9/1/2004 5:54:53 PM   
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luckily I don't use linux... but I do sympathize with the open source movement


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RE: Blu-Ray Group Selects Microsoft Codec! - 9/2/2004 4:46:19 AM   
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The inclusion of this codec is critical.

MS will introduce next year (according to gates sayings) internet tv.
It is vital to have a hold on the encoding/decoding process irrespectively of the transportation/storage medium (tcp/ip, dvd-like formats).

This will result to a reduced time of content introduction into the market with an expected first release on the MS-controlled platforms.


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