In 1988, Paramount released the movie "Tucker, The Man and his Dream."
It was the story of a man who tries to build better cars than the major
auto manufacturers. Not that the majors couldn't make better cars, but
why should they when they already had all the business?! Tucker designed
a car with all sorts of new features, and he made people think. His
story ended when he was run out of business by politics and the Big-3
auto makers, but his ideas and legacy changed the industry forever.
There was a time when OEM PC packages were the goal of DVD software
companies. The OEM's were the checkwriters who had to be satisfied, so
feature development was based on OEM needs. We performance nuts had to
wait while software designed for OEM's left us cold because it lacked
power features for our PCI soundcards and DVD enhanced video cards! We
waited, and waited some more. Over time, we gradually got the features
that make DVD what it can be, but it's been a slow climb, with only a
few major players making the decisions and controlling changes.
The war to win the DVD market goes on with PowerDVD, Cinemaster, and
WinDVD at the forefront. But there are others who challenge! Without
such competition, the BIG-3 could just divide up the DVD OEM contract
money without ever caring what endusers want or need. Then we have
VaroVision, and the VaroDVD player. It isn't included with a new Dell,
it doesn't grace the window at CompUSA; or get a sale page from online
vendors. But they, like Tucker, have an idea of what might be better!
VaroDVD sports a featureset that can frighten any competitor! Still,
they remain largely unknown? Is it the story of Tucker, who couldn't
compete but changed the industry? Or can they be David, and slay the
BIG-3 Goliath's? READ ON!