So we’ve watch as world half expected the DVD to go the way of Betamax. Despite this expectation however, we instead find that its going the way of Window XP as its a format that refuses to die. Sure, we have seen massive adoption of Blu-ray after it destroyed HD-DVD, yet it does feel like older video formats are less likely to go away if they’re in disco format. Okay, with the possible exception of the DivX Discs and Laser Disc, perhaps. Even with my own disapproval of media format wars, I am finding myself curious as to what the next “big new format” will be? Many feel that it’s a moot point thanks to services from Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Google. But I am more skeptical, as things are simply never this black and white.

ISPs are a huge obstacle to killing off optical media


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Many people exclaim that the future of video and to a lesser extent, audio (music) will be coming from streaming and downloadable solutions direct to select devices. With music, I’d agree. But when it comes to streaming and downloading video, ISPs are fighting this concept with every step they take. Refusing to invest enough of their coffers into revamping dated copper technology, many ISPs believe their funds are better spent in marketing their dated services. And for those of us lucky enough to have access to fiber Internet connections (I’m one of these lucky people), I see less emphasis on throttling and lobbying to keep video off of the broadband pipes. Sadly, fiber is in the minority.

Introducing the next big optical media option

While not something most sane people would be jumping up and down about, the idea of a holographic movie doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Again, I think it’s silly, but as 3D tv has shown us, there is a market for just about anything. And in this spirit of the weird, allow me to introduce the Holographic Versatile Disc or HVD. Now this doesn’t mean this is going to be a 3D technology. No, instead this is about data capacity on an optical disc using different lasers to read the data provided. I know, it’s not as exciting as this video game from the 1990s.