Haven't we been here before...?
First it was off, then it was on, then it was off again. Talks of Blu-ray and HD DVD unification are worse than a Hollywood marriage. Forget Bennifer and TomKat the real global saga is ‘HD-ray’ and the soap opera has just taken another twist.
Despite deciding to be mortal enemies around this time last year and giving each other the bird ever since, Toshiba threw out an olive branch to its estranged nemesis Sony this week by claiming it is still interested in creating an interoperable standard.
None other than Tosh president Atsutoshi Nishida was the prospective peacemaker this time around stating, “We have not given up on a unified format. We would like to seek ways for unifying the standards if opportunities arise.” He then went on in a very professional, polite, politically correct, business like manner (something akin to what I do here) to suggest such an ideal may be difficult to achieve, flunk altogether or, at best, take longer to get to fourth base with than a chaste nun but at least he’s open to the idea.
24 hours have passed since Nishida offered up this linguistic peace pipe and Sony has yet to take a toke which could be either a) its adopted the J Lo role and walked out on the whole concept or b) because with Sony – at least in my experience – any technical related question automatically goes into a seven day waiting queue before being answered inadequately.
Ultimately, I don’t give a monkey’s whether HD-ray is a joyous, sweaty and lust ridden partnership or not because sooner or later a drive which can read both formats is bound to appear. It happened with DVD following the whole +/-/RAM mess and I’m sure it will happen again. So scream and bitch or hug and fondle as much as you like fellas you’re going to be unified whether you like it or not…