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19
Feb 08
Tue

The second media standards war

The Betamax vs VHS war of our generation is over, with Toshiba bowing out of the race. With HD DVD now effectively obsolete, Sony’s Blu-ray is free to cover the field. Regardless of who turned out to be the loser, I can’t say that I would have felt much sympathy for them. You’d think the industry would’ve learnt from its past mistakes instead of plunging headlong into another winner-take-all hundreds of millions of dollars bet. At least we consumers can now rest easy and only worry about one standard.