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So long HD-DVD


I recently discovered that a neighbor had bought an HD-DVD player. Whoops. If only I had known I would have told them the last thing they should be buying is an HD-DVD player.

The writing on the wall has been clear for some time now. HD-DVD is dead. Oh, you can still find HD-DVD players and discs. In fact, you can often find the players at clearance prices.

Before you rush out and buy one keep in mind that that they’re not worth a dime on the dollar. You see, by year’s end, you’re going to be as likely to find new HD-DVD movies as you are new 8-track tapes.

For anyone who still has doubts that Blu-Ray has beaten HD-DVD to a pulp, today’s, February 11th, news should be the clincher. First, Netflix announced that it was dropping HD-DVD. Starting immediately, Netflix will only be buying Blu-Ray discs. By the end of the year, the DVD-rental company expects to have completely phased out its HD-DVD movies.

Electronic retailer giant Best Buy didn’t go that far. But, the company did announce that starting in early March it will begin pushing Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray over HD-DVD. In a statement, Brian Dunn, Best Buy’s president and chief operating officer, said “Best Buy will recommend Blu-ray as the preferred format.”

If that wasn’t clear enough, Dunn went on to say that “Best Buy has always believed that the customer will benefit from a widely-accepted single format that would offer advantages such as product compatibility and expanded content choices. Because we believe that Blu-ray is fast emerging as that single format, we have decided to focus on Blu-ray products.”

So, good-bye HD-DVD. I won’t be sorry to see you go. With only one HD format left standing, Blu-Ray, buying HD players and recordings has just gotten a lot easier.


  1. “they’re not worth a dime on the dollar”

    You sir, are incorrect. They are an excellent, PRACTICAL, purchase for those of us who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for an incomplete technology (aka Blu-ray 2.x). Those of us who want to keep our hundreds of SDVD’s and watch them via up-conversion.

    Sounds like your neighbor is a practical person.

  2. Actually, they don’t have a single HD disc. Their plan had been to rent them from Netflix. Whoops.

    Keeping a player, when you already have a collection makes sense. I still, for example, have friends with lovingly maintained Betamax and Laser Disc players. But, like you, they already had large collections. The only ‘practical’ reason I can see to buy an HD-DVD player today would be if I already had a large library and I wanted to keep a spare player for the day when my original player bough the farm.


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