Official: HD DVD dead and buried, format war is over

Well, I guess wondering about whether or not I should go HD Dvd or Blu-Ray (which from my understanding is pretty much the same thing but a guess better) is over. When I bought the 42 inch flat screen I wasn’t sure which one to go with. Then The Vault Keeper told me that they were coming out with a duel player but it was going to cost a fortune. So I decided to wait. Now it seems like I’ll be picking up that Blu-Ray even sooner!

From engadget.com:

Official: HD DVD dead and buried, format war is over

Posted Feb 19th 2008 2:59AM by Thomas Ricker
Filed under: HDTV, Laptops

It’s official. Toshiba just made a statement saying, ” it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.” Cessation of the player and recorders are targeted for March 2008. Volume production of HD DVD disk drives for PCs and games will end in the same time frame. However, Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation did say that Toshiba will, “continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives.” That’s it folks, the format war is over, Blu-ray has won. Full press release after the break.

Update: Besides stating “no plans” to go Blu-ray during the Q&A, Toshiba committed to stockpiling HD DVD recording media for those who own HD DVD recorders. These will be sold on-line. As for future HD DVD software releases, Mr. Nishida could only say, “it was not our business, we cannot predict their business.” Oh really? Is the lack of new titles on a dead platform really so hard to predict?


I’ve never fully seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but some people would probably find this pic funny as it references HD and Blu discs.

–Cos

PS I’m thinking early Christmas 2008 gift with a Blu-Ray player!!!! Say like next month!

PPS Maybe I can get Melissa a Blu-Ray player for her birthday…lol!

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