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Is Getting Behind HD-DVD Now Like Flogging A Dead Horse?

Category: Music / Video Players, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: 06:11PM

DailyTech -

If you have been following the high definition format war closely or have just been thinking recently that you might take the plunge and buy you first piece of HD Disc playing hardware, then you might have taken note of the news yesterday. It seems that Monday may have been a crucial point in deciding which format will eventually win out, and it was about time too. It all started early on Monday, when largest US online movie rental service Netflix declared it would be making the move to providing titles exclusively in the Blu-ray format. Netflix should have HD-DVD phased out by the end of the year. If that wasn't enough, influencial retailer Best-Buy also said yesterday that although it wouldn't be dropping HD-DVD all together, it would be pushing Blu-ray as the preferred choice to its customers.

The HD-DVD group responded to the bad news with, well a whimper quite frankly. Quoting numbers of players in the marketplace and simply expressing disappointment at the decision of Netflix doesn't sound like confidence to me. The statement even sounded glad that Best-Buy was keeping HD-DVD stocked and not simply dropping it completely. With the major movie studios already behind Blu-ray, HD-DVD will need to pull out something special to turn the state of affairs around. Will the format have the persistence to keep fighting? Will it just fade into the background with its tail between its legs? Do we even care and are just glad it looks like we won't have to make a format decision the next time we shop for movies? I'm personally opting for the latter.

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