What was the High-Definition Optical Disc Format War?

Introduction The high-definition optical disc format war was between the Blu-ray and HD DVD optical disc standards for storing high-definition video and audio; it took place between 2006 and 2008 and was won by Blu-ray Disc. The two formats emerged between 2000 and 2005 and attracted both the mutual and exclusive support of major consumer… Read More

What is Streaming Media?

Introduction Streaming media is multimedia that is delivered and consumed in a continuous manner from a source, with little or no intermediate storage in network elements. Streaming refers to the delivery method of content, rather than the content itself. Distinguishing delivery method from the media applies specifically to telecommunications networks, as most of the traditional… Read More

What was the Videotape Format War?

Introduction The videotape format war was a period of competition or “format war” of incompatible models of consumer-level analogue video videocassette and video cassette recorders (VCR) in the late 1970s and the 1980s, mainly involving the Betamax and Video Home System (VHS) formats. VHS ultimately emerged as the preeminent format. Overview The first video cassette… Read More