HD may have given way to Blu-ray, but we know China is one country that never wants to give in, be it in any field. Thus, the country has tried to keep HD’s life breath running in China’s own High-Definition, tapping on which a local team of TCL and Shinco has announced a HD video format dubbed the China Blue High Definition, to compete with the high-performing Blu-ray disks.
The new optical disk format is based on Toshiba’s HD DVD format and is basically developed on a alternate format of the Blu-ray discs, yet there isn’t much difference in features, as both Blu-ray discs and China Blue High Definition use a blue-violet laser to read 12cm high-capacity optical discs, however for the underlying difference, the latter is compatible with the DVD disc in physical format and is way cheaper than BD courtesy of the hefty government backing.
The initial CBHD players will start from about 2,000 Yuan (aprox. $293), but where the discs could lose out to Blu-ray could be the fact the CBHD have a dual-sided capacity of 30GB in comparison to 50GB on Blu-ray discs.