Format Wars!



hd-dvd-vs-blu-ray2221.jpgThe A/V industry has done one thing over and over: come out with competing formats at the same time. Despite being detrimental to eveyone involved, this is the way it's gone for years. (Some companies even fight against themselves by developing similar formats internally THEN using the winning format to compete with their competitors). And unlike the audio industry which often had concurrent formats that were able to play nice together, the video industry tends more towards knock-down drag-out brawls that are highly publicized and very costly.

Did you own any of these formats concurrently? Wish the outcome had been different? Did your preferred format win or lose?

In the end the winner was not often the most likely suspect. Many factors played a role in the success (or failure) of all the items on our list. So take a look at our gallery of (mostly) outdated formats that either won big or lost it all . . .


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Oct 23
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Oct 22
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Oct 22
Answering Reader Email: Room Correction Is Not a Panacea Good room correction can work wonders, but it's no replacement for better speaker placement and reasonable room treatments, as one reader recently learned.
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Oct 18
Magnavox Announces New 720p and 1080p Roku TVs Perfect for the kids' rooms, spare room, or even the master bedroom, these new displays may not boast the ultimate in resolution, but they're a cord-cutter's dream.
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Oct 17
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