HD DVD Ram holds 40GB actually, that's 20GB on a single layer...
HD-DVD RAM isn't out yet and may never hit the market. What's more, there is no word on a dual layer formt fr HD-DVD RAM, only single layer double sided. By the time we see a release on this, if we ever do, standard HD-DVD-R's and RW's will hold more.
It's also more easily backward compatible than Blue Ray (apparently), and it's region free while the other has 3 regions... :P
Backwards compatible with what? Every Blu-Ray and HD-DVD player on the market also plays DVDs, among other formats. Both support the same video and audio compression formats. If you're talking using the disc simply for data, then you really aren't making sense. Just like with DVDs, the region lock only applies to video discs and you CAN create regionless discs which play on all players.
As for movies, well, apparently almost all Blue Ray releases before this year were single layer movie disks, so the reality is that while there are a lot of HD DVD movies at 30 gigs, most of the Blue Ray ones available will be 25 gigs.
And most of the discs released after 2006 are dual layer.
Haha, I like how you get around that by saying "current movie releases".
It's not any worse than you dodging the issue by claiming the early releases were mostly 25GB. The 50GB discs weren't available when the format launched. After it became available, dual layerdiscs became the preferred medium. Still at 25GB, the discs hold between 3 and 4 hours of HD video depending on the codec used, which is usually more than enough for a movie and some extra content. HD-DVD single layer discs only hold between 1.5 and 2.5 hours of HD video. You're going to find more dual layer HD-DVDs simply because they are necessary for most films.
Don't expect Blu Ray and HD-DVD to be around even as long as DVD (which wasn't very long) in their current forms if at all in a few years time.
The home video market doesn't need larger storage capacity or new video and audio codecs. TV's aren't going to significantly change in the coming years, so I seriously doubt we're going to need higher resolution video. Just like DVD and CD, we'll see advances in the format for storage media and PC use, but I highly doubt we'll be needing anything better anytime soon for home video. Current players don't support more than two layers on discs in either format, so changing it for the home video market would be a nice "fuck you" to all the early adopters.
Sakurai did say in an interview at the last E3 that they were most likely keeping the Gamecube controls for SSBB, though they may include use of the Wiimote for bonus games, such as the home run derby with that sandbag.
Actually, what he said was that they were trying to keep the controls simple in the "gamecube style", he did not say they wouldn't use the wii remote as the default control device. He went on to talk about how they were trying to avoid using the motion sensitivity in the standard game. He had one comment about not throwing away your old gamecube controllers as a hint that they may be useable as an alternative to the standard wii remote, or perhaps it was just his way of saying the controls on the wii remote are so bad, you're going to need to use the gamecube controller as an alternative.
Who owns the hd dvd format? (The DVD forum is more of an organization.)
Just because there is not a single owner of a format (and quite frankly, Sony isn't the only invester in Blu-Ray, either, there are several other companies also in the BDA including Dell, HP, Hitatchi, LG, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Phillips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, TDK, Thompson Multimedia, and Verbatim/MKM) that doesn't make it any less proprietary. You still have to pay someone if you want to make HD-DVD drives or media.