HD DVD, Is This Really All You've Got?

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You know, the thing about scrappy underdogs like the Giants is that they're fighters. They bite back. HD DVD has apparently totally lost the will to win, or hell, even to live. Here's their timid response to Netflix and Best Buy's two-fister snub yesterday.

"We have long held the belief that HD DVD is the best format for consumers based on quality and value, and with more than 1 million HD DVD players on the market, it's unfortunate to see Netflix make the decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail."


[Bold is mine.] They sound like a sad lil' emo kid after Fall Out Boy cancelled a concert. "At least they were gonna come to my town. =(((("

You know what happens when you lie down in the snow? You die. [High-Def Digest]

P.S. The entire sad story of HD DVD's demise is right here.

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I think if you look at the money that changed hands ($150 million was reportedly given to Universal to go BR exclusive), this is a drop in the bucket when looking at the total income of these studios. In fact, there was an article here on Gizmodo saying about hte same thing (I think, maybe Wired). Not to mention, HD DVD did the same with Paramount (though not such a large amount).

I think all this arguing over which is the better format is a little ridiculous. The largest format was going to win. Period. No other factor was going to decide this (unless BR couldn't prove that the price could and would be dropped signifigantly, which it has). Our "society" if that's what you call it, is storage hungry. And the 15 GB per layer on HD DVD was not going to cut it for future media use. No, it might have been enough, I can not argue that. But if given the choice between a 15GB tech that cost $150 and a 50GB tech that cost $300-400 now, but $150 next year, there's no choice. Esspecially, when you consider that these companies are looking for a format that can last a decade into the future. HD DVD is not that format.