There’s a big industry war over the two competing new formats for high definition DVD’s: HD DVD and Blu-ray.  In the fight, there is Microsoft,Toshiba and NBC Universal in the HD DVD camp and Sony and leading content providers on the Blue-ray side.

It’s not just for the DVD format in your living room player, but in your laptop as well. Toshiba announced an under $1000 laptop with and HD DVD player.  Gizmodo wonders if this will be the Blu-ray "killer."  Laptops from Dell and Sony have Blue-ray players. 

To understand the format showdown and its implications, I was in Cambridge a couple weeks back where I interviewed Forrester’s J.D. Gownder, one of the industry’s top PC industry analysts. He recently released a study on the "bloody" format war.

He told me that the images of both formats are superb, the big difference is price, with Blu-ray players costing about twice as much as HD DVD players.  We’ll see how this plays out.

You can grab the code for this video right here.

— Andy Plesser