Although Blu-Ray has prevailed as the victor in the war of the next-generation optical storage formats, the standard definition DVD format isn't likely to die anytime soon.


"That's because Blu-Ray is still a new technology and it doesn't yet have sufficient enough market penetration to compete effectively with its predecessor on the price front," says Ingram Micro South Africa's Hilton Haefele.
"With a price tag that can easily be as high as twenty times that of a standard definition DVD drive, staying with the legacy format is a no brainer for now," he continues.
"So, we are still investing heavily in stocking DVD drives," he adds.
Haefele says that South Africa's bandwidth constraints and the fact that the majority of the software industry is reticent to the concept of distributing their products online has resulted in the need for optical storage persisting.
"In the business market, we only really see a use for DVD and other optical formats when it comes to software distribution and installation.
"When users have to share data, they e-mail it around or, at worst, copy it on to a flash-based thumb drive that is reusable.
"Rather than DVD itself coming under fire then, it's the entire optical storage space that's feeling the pressure of redundancy," he adds.
While Haefele admits that Blu-Ray is likely to see good uptake in the consumer sector, this uptake will only really result from home users' need to be on the cutting edge when it comes to video.
"And, furthermore, until there's an abundance of Blu-Ray titles available, that need won't be all that strong. It will take at least two years for us to reach this stage in Blu-Ray's lifecycle," he says.
"So until then, DVD will remain the market standard and in our opinion, the format that resellers should continue to recommend."