Word has it that HD-DVDs, which should have hit shelves this winter, will be under supported by studios are waiting for Sony's Blu-Ray solution. What does that mean for us? It means that HD-DVD is slowly straining under heavy manufacturer pressure, leading to lag time between finalization of the standard and the release of something that people will actually buy.

The Journal also speculates that Toshiba will likely be the only company to bring a HD DVD player to market during the holiday season, and with an expected price circa US$1,000, it's unclear how many will fly off shelves immediately. If the launch is only accompanied by 12 titles from NBC Universal, most people will play the waiting game.

HD DVD offensive starting to crack, Blu-ray gets ammo [ArsTechnica]