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why not BlueRay and HD in the same Mac?

On Thursday?s podcast the crew mentioned that apple may include BlueRay dives in the next line up of Macs. Well the Mac Pro Towers have room for two optical drives, so here is the question. Is it technical possible to have a BlurRay in one drive and HD in the other? I imagine that if you?re a serious content provider you may want to have access to both. Now can the bus support both drives? Will DVD studio Pro encode and format to both? And now for the sticky one, would it be legal for Apple to build it? Or would I have to do it myself? I am looking to buy a new tower in July, and I am researching providing HD content some how so this is a serious discussion.

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In reply to: why not BlueRay and HD in the same Mac?

You'll be able to upgrade a mac pro yourself, however OSX will need the software support for the formats.

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Apple: Blu-Ray Supporter

In reply to: why not BlueRay and HD in the same Mac?

I see your point and it seems feasable as two seperate optical drives, but since Apple is a Blu-Ray supporter (see link below) I doubt Apple will provide HD-DVD in their players. I do recall Apple originally supporting HD-DVD, but switched to Blu-Ray... perhaps it was political-business moves, but the future prospects of Blu-Ray seem profitable.

I read an article that Toshiba or some Asian company has made a prototype of a double-sided or dual-layer Blu-Ray disc that can hold 200gb of data. This will have TV providers jumping on board because the TV show can produce (1) Blu-Ray disc with an entire Television Season rather than (6) regular DVD discs.

So in the end, if Apple provides Blu-Ray... looks like you'll be doing the manual labor yourself to have a HD-DVD drive installed and I doubt the DVD Studio Pro will format to the HD-DVD drive. (But we shall see...)

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