How Seamless is Your Branching?
There is a lot of talk about Seamless Branching, particularly the upcoming Warner title Return to House on Haunted Hill. Multiple sources are stating that this title will have seamless branching on Blu-ray Disc but not on HD DVD. This is not the first time – the Nine Inch Nails title Beside You in Time was also featured seamless branching only on the Blu-ray Disc. This though perhaps is the first title from a major studio that illustrates the discrepancy between the formats. Amir Majidimehr from Microsoft has described branching as “not as “cool” since it has been done before” though he also indicated that it might show up on some future titles. It seems that the Blu-ray studios think it is pretty cool, with Sony Pictures using seamless branching on big titles like Spiderman 2 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
The question that comes to mind is this: If Seamless Branching is in the specification for both formats, why is only Blu-ray Disc making use of this feature? It will certainly be interesting to see how the HD DVD camp responds…