Although DVD is the most successful home entertainment product in history, ever since it was introduced in 1997, it lacks one characteristic: True High Definition playback and recording capability. As a result, two competing camps came up with the solution: Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Although HD-DVD has been discontinued, find out the answers to some basic questions about Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the following Blu-ray and HD-DVD Basics FAQs. Also, For a more updated set of FAQs covering Blu-ray since the demise of HD-DVD, also read my Blu-ray Only FAQs
Keep in mind, as with all consumer electronics technology, that things are constantly changing. In other words, these FAQs are dynamic and will be updated when needed, especially with respect to answers that are referring to dated information. As additional information or clarification from manufacturers and movie studios becomes available these FAQs will be revised accordingly. If you have any input into these FAQs, feel free to send me a comment or post it on my Forum.
However, the high-def DVD story still isn't over. Although the Blu-ray Camp is celebrating the fact that they have won the format war, they still have to face the standard DVD juggernaut, which certainly won't yield much anytime soon. After all, DVD is the most popular home entertainment format in history. With that in mind, Blu-ray still has an uphill battle in terms of long term survival. For more perspective on this, check out my commentary: The Demise of HD-DVD and Future Challenges for Blu-ray.
For an additional look at Blu-ray, also check out an informative article by Carey Bryson, About.com Guide for Kid's TV and Movies: What is Blu-ray and How Will It Impact My Family?