HD Format War Decided

February 16, 2008 at 6:53 am Leave a comment

As an avid fan of HD-DVD, I am very disheartened to hear this (as are many Toshiba execs). In the end, however, it can only benefit the consumer as there shouldn’t be so much confusion anymore over formats.
clipped from www.gamespot.com

Two more big names came up as abandoning HD DVD today. This morning the official Wal-Mart blog confirmed that the massive retail chain is going Blu-ray exclusive by June, and the Hollywood Reporter is citing “reliable industry sources” for the news that Toshiba itself is ready to drop its own format.

A Toshiba representative denied the news to the film-focused trade newspaper, but left plenty of room for people to infer there is some truth to the report.

“Given the market developments in the past month,” the rep is quoted as saying, “Toshiba will continue to study the market impact and the value proposition for consumers, particularly in light of our recent price reductions on all HD DVD players.”

Bad news for HD DVD fans is continuing to snowball this week, as Best Buy and movie rental service Netflix both said they would back the Sony-supported format going forward. (Best Buy will still stock HD DVD, but its salespeople will advise prospective customers to go Blu-ray).
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