Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Did Blockbuster settle the Blu Ray / HD DVD Debate?

Those of us who have been waiting for a standard to be established in the HD marketplace may have finally gotten the answer. Blockbuster announced a couple days ago that they are giving their endorsement to the Blu-ray standard. Up to this point, they had been carrying both versions of the HD movies (Blu-ray and HD-DVD) on a test basis in select stores; now, they have put their backing behind Blu-ray. With the impact that Blockbuster has on home movies, this could be a huge blow to the HD-DVD format. I guess its too bad that there wasn't a middle ground to settle on, but when there are two incompatible formats, consumers can't support both of them (how many sections can we deal with in the video store...vhs, dvd, blu-ray, hd-dvd, beta...what?). Well I expect we'll see a large push on the Blu-ray players from the electronics retailers. Unless HD-DVD can win over Hollywood Video...

Here's an article on CNN: Blockbuster Back Blu-ray

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