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The New York Times has a good piece today on the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format fiasco. Basically, the studios and equipment manufacturers have continued to dig in their heels over agreeing to a single format and — surprise! — consumers are still sitting on the sideline.

The impulse Apple angle is to say that this is a perfect opportunity for Steve Jobs to announce HD movie rentals at Macworld and obliterate the format war by moving past it. The problem with that logic, of course, is that the same studios that cannot agree on a high-definition DVD format also have competing strategies for online content delivery.

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images.jpegBig shocker here: People don’t like NBC’s new NBC Direct service.

So says the TV Decoder blog at nytimes.com, which links negative reviews from PaidContent.org (“not quite ready for prime time”), Silicon Alley Insider (“better hope hulu works because this won’t”) and Media 3.0 (“if you live in the Dark Ages, this might be a useful way to watch television”).

Stellar.

Maybe NBC and the other nets are trying the throw-up-everything-and-see-what-sticks approach to web content, but I just don’t see these proprietary sites getting much traction. Most people don’t want to plod through a complicated setup that makes you download special software.

Oh, and it doesn’t work for Mac.

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