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Content Undercover: The War of the Roses

High-def DVD wars are like some couples.... By Miles Weston

--   Have you ever made angry love?
--   a man can never outdo a woman when it comes to love and revenge
--  There is no winning!  Only degrees of losing!

Youve got to admit it.  Some couples you know mix like oil and water.  Cant live with each other?cant live without each other. Sort of makes you think of the next-generation DVD roadmap doesnt it? If you ever saw Danny DeVitos black comedy The War of the Roses you can almost see the parallel.  Or as the studio said in its promo, ?Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again.  This is not that movie.

Next-generation DVD was going to be a beautiful marriage that produced some beautiful, brilliant kids.  It has also turned out to be a dysfunctional relationship.

We wont even discuss the outside influences that are ruining the relationship -- like Tellywoods DRM issues and high speed broadband that is ?everywhere  -- because theres enough going on between the two and your options. 

Certainly we all want our content anywhere, everywhere, all the time.  But just like Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, we all want a house, a place we can go that is ours!  A place where we can go to store our stuff. 

We have to understand the past and today, as well as human nature, to come to grips with the reality of tomorrow?not the vision and images we spin. 

Remember, radio was going to kill records, and then later it was CDs that were going to kill them, and then music downloads were going to kill records and CDs.  And then the RIAA was going to kill them all?but thats another DRM issue, isnt it? 

Of course TV was going to kill radio and movies.  Instead we got American Idol and Howard Stern.

Remember when networking and the Internet were going to help us create the paperless office?  Sure didnt hurt the printer/printer cartridge industry!

All this virtual stuff?video on demand, Internet TV, music downloads, web access? doesnt replace the real thing.  Just ask your significant other !

Lets forget the fact that business, industry and government are the biggest customers of storage?honest!   Lets focus on you and your home. 

Sure you want your content anywhere, everywhere.  But you also need to know where you put it.  Thats the reason you have an entertainment center (Figure 1). 

But what is missing from the entertainment center illustration?  Right!  Storage.

Hard drive folks will say everyone is going to throw all of their content on their bit buckets.  Tape folks will say it is on their plastic reels.  A new crop of web sites will say youre going to relieve yourself of all of that fuss, muss and keep your content with them. 

And were going to say?  Darn right!  Shiny discs.  Discs that youll store on the book library shelves you converted to hold your CD and DVD collection.  And if youre lazy like we are youll have a 200-400 disc jukebox/library as part of your system so you can pick the music, video or photo disc with your remote without having to leave comfort of your favorite chair.

Of course in your War of the Roses there may be a battle over the remote, but thats another issue.

Tellywood has their shorts in a bind because they ?know that content you have on those discs is theirs! 

The warring blue camps say your high-def content that you save needs the bigger blue bit buckets that each side can do a better job of providing than the other can.

Put the gun down and step away from the table?

What are you really storing thats so important? 


Most of it is digital photos, digital home movies, important personal/family files, digital music (Figure 2).  Next youre storing digital prerecorded TV programs.  For folks who have more time than brains, yes, ripped Tellywood movies.

Fig. 2

Youre going to put that content in your home storage pyramid (Figure 3). 

Fig. 3

Of course your mobile content is going to be on NAND and thumb-size HDs.  The content at home is going to be stored on your HD even though you know at some point it is going to fail.  Then in the closet you will say *#%#@ !!!!

We know?and you know?the really important content  photos, family videos, family documents/files  cant be replaced.  So you back it up, dont you?   Of course not (Figure 4)!

Fig. 4


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