Movie studios and electronics companies have been taking sides in the latest pointless battle over whose slightly different version of next-generation DVDs is better. Yes, it's like VHS vs. Betamax. Yes, it's like CD vs. Mini-disc. In other words, we've been down this path before, but apparently these guys can't figure out that these sorts of battles don't really do anybody any good and merely hold back the market by fragmenting it. Of course, this DVD fight is reaching for a whole new level of pointlessness, since the two groups are essentially arguing over whose copy protection and playback restrictions are better. Instead of fighting whose version is better at offering consumers a new product with fewer benefits for more money, perhaps their resources would be better spent figuring out how to deliver their content to consumers in ways they want, like via downloads or other services rather than coming up with even more proprietary, closed, restrictive formats that people don't want or need.
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