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Old 02-15-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Wal-Mart Dumps HD-DVDs for Blu-Ray

Wal-Mart dumps HD DVDs to back Blu-ray - Yahoo! News

This is great news for me personally. I prefer Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. And not just because I have a PS3.
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It's pretty much done for HD-DVD. Rumor has it they will be making an official announcement soon.
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Re: Wal-Mart Dumps HD-DVDs for Blu-Ray

great and i got a hd player for my xbox 360 last year.
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its funny really, the consumer got the bad end of the deal here, the industry drug its feet on this internal war. when HD-DVD came out it was a finished product, blue ray is now hitting a 1.1 spec, the final spec is 2.0 to meet what HD-dvd already has...

AND to top it off now we all have to deal with a proprietary sony format, where HD was an open format. I agree though that in the end blue ray will be a better format without having to get into 8 layer discs and all.
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HD DVD was no more "open" than Blu-Ray.
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp (6502.T) is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high definition DVDs, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp (6758.T), a company source said on Saturday.
The move will likely put an end to a battle that has gone on for several years between consortiums led by Toshiba and Sony vying to set the standard for the next-generation DVD and compatible video equipment.

The format war, often compared to the Betamax-VHS battle in the 1980s, has confused consumers unsure of which DVD or player to buy, slowing the development what is expected to be a multibillion dollar high definition DVD industry.

Toshiba's cause has suffered several setbacks in recent weeks including Friday's announcement by U.S. retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) that it would abandon the HD DVD format and only stock its shelves with Blu-ray movies.

A source at Toshiba confirmed an earlier report by public broadcaster NHK that it was getting ready to pull the plug.

"We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business," said the source, who asked not to be identified. He added that an official announcement could come as early as next week.

No one answered the phone at Toshiba's public relations office in Tokyo.

NHK said Toshiba would suffer losses running to tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) to scrap production of HD DVD players and recorders and other steps to withdraw from the business.

Hollywood studios had initially split their alliances between the two camps, meaning only certain films would play on any one DVD machine.

The balance of power tipped decisively toward the Sony camp in January after Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) Warner Bros studio said it would only release high-definition DVDs in Blu-ray format. With that, studios behind some three-quarters of DVDs are backing Blu-ray, although some release in both formats.

Toshiba responded by slashing prices of HD DVD players, but the loss of retail support has hurt.

In addition to Wal-Mart, consumer electronics chain Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) and online video rental company Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) also recently signed up to the Blu-ray camp.

The exclusive backing of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) was also put in doubt when the software giant said in January that it could consider supporting Blu-ray technology for its Xbox 360 video game machine, which currently works only with HD DVD.

Sony has spent large sums of money to promote Blu-ray in tandem with its flat screen TVs and its PlayStation 3 game console, which can play Blu-ray movies.

The Toshiba source said the experience would not be a total loss for the sprawling conglomerate, whose products range from refrigerators to power plants, which would learn valuable lessons.

"Marketing was a weak point for Toshiba. We learned a lot from HD DVD. Strengthening marketing will continue to be an issue for us going forward," the source said.
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I own both and would have preferred for both to exist. I just always felt like Blu-Ray had the biggest following and the one that would eventually win the "war".
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I own both and would have preferred for both to exist. I just always felt like Blu-Ray had the biggest following and the one that would eventually win the "war".
Not me..I bought into Blu-Ray early. Even before I got my PS3. After standing there and comparing them, reading, etc. Blu-Ray sold me. Then I got the PS3 and it just gave me that final push to go off the edge, or so to say.
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If HD-DVD could stick around it'd just help us out. More competition = lower prices.
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Re: Wal-Mart Dumps HD-DVDs for Blu-Ray

It's official

Sony's Blu-ray DVD format could prevail - Yahoo! News
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Next time I really recommend that everyone just nod their head and agree with me.

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whats a blu-ray? HD-DVD? are these archaic physical storage diskettes?

*runs to bittorrent and downloads for free*
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that is good and all if you want to watch it on your computer, or burn it to a DVD, but it wont have the same quality of picture and sound then as a Blu-Ray being played. I buy my movies...music on the other hand....I need to download bit comet on to the new puter.
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