There's been a lot of noise over the last year or so about the two big competing standards for the "next generation" of DVD technology. The news coming out this week is that the two sides have (once again) failed to come to any agreement on merging the standards. The simple result, of course, is that this hurts the prospect of next generation DVDs, because there will be compatibility issues. Companies won't want to decide which standard to go with, so they'll go with none. Consumers will get confused and annoyed that some products work with some systems and others don't. However, honestly, part of this seems like people fighting over the next generation of horse and buggy after the automobile had become popular. The idea of the plastic disc for storage is becoming increasingly obsolete, so it looks like the two sides will be fighting over a shrinking market.
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