Blu-Ray Disc Group defies Hewlett Packard
Hewlett Packard has recently shown its frustration at the Blu-Ray DVD format for not supporting enough features to make it lucrative to the personal computer segment. They had even threatened to join the competing HD DVD group if the Sony ignores their demand for these features. However, the PC manufacturer would be disappointed as the BLU-RAY Disc group has said that it will not make changes to its standard to accommodate HP.
In fact, they have clarified that it would not give into demands from the Hewlett Packard even if it means that the maker of printer ink dumps the standard. HP had demanded that Blu-Ray disc should be modified to include copy protection and interactive software. A representative of the Blu-ray group, Andy Parsons spoke to a media group and said that his group was unwilling to make the changes to its standard if it meant delaying the introduction of new Blu-ray products next year.
Interestingly, HD DVD is looking more and more strong for a replacement of DVD format for the Personal Computing platform with Microsoft and Intel supporting it. Windows Vista is already expected to come with support for HD DVD standard. Microsoft is also expected to launch its later variants of Xbox 360 with HD DVD compatible drives. Now, if Hewlett Packard joins this group, it would put more pressure on Dell to reconsider its decision to support Blu-Ray over HD DVD considering they are the world’s largest seller of Personal Computers.