April 23rd, 2008


Blu-Ray equivalent to DVD/HD-DVD "flip" disc?

Just out of curiosity - is there a Blu-Ray equivalent to the DVD/HD-DVD "flip" discs? Or is there some really stupid reason that that doesn't work for BD discs?

Although I suppose you could fake it by taking a DVD-18 disc, using one side for a standard DVD-9 disc, and using the other side for a BD9 disc. (Of course, that's an ugly kludge, plus you'd probably only have room for bonus content on the DVD-9 side...)

I still suspect that the only real reason Blu-Ray beat HD-DVD is because everyone with a PS3 automatically had a Blu-Ray player also, while no popular consoles came stock with a HD-DVD drive. I suspect that if the XBox-360 HD-DVD drive had come built in instead of being an expensive extra that HD-DVD would've had a much better chance, especially considering that HD-DVD has no region encoding (Blu-Ray does), and HD-DVD offers "flip" discs that can be used in your new HD player /or/ in, say, a portable DVD player, or one mounted in a van, all for the price of just the HD disc. Haven't seen anything like that at all for Blu-Ray yet.
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