For all intents and purposes Toshiba has dropped its HD-DVD format allowing Sony to dominate with its Blue-Ray. For those who do not know, HD-DVD from Toshiba and Blue-Ray from Sony were the two competing formats for High Definition DVD. High Definition looks much better than standard DVD if you have a HD TV. It was the retailers’ and movie companies’ preference for the commercial sounding Blue-Ray which made the difference and not any technological superiority. I feel cheated but early adopters of competing technologies run the risk of supporting a soon-to-be obsolete technology. Does this mean I am stuck with a three-month-old Toshiba A3 HD-DVD player and seven HD-DVD discs? It seems so but when life gives you a lemon I always say make lemon chicken with a nice custard batter like the one from House of Chan so I am expecting a fire sale of HD DVDs from Amazon by the end of the week. What I can’t understand is why Blue-Ray won apart from its catchy name. The most popular Blue-Ray player is the Sony Playstation 3 Gaming Console which cost around $US400 for the low-end model and after that there is a Samsung player for about $US360. The Toshiba A3 sells for about $US120 but even the lower price couldn’t save HD-DVD from the jaws of Sony. It now appears that retailers and movie companies backed the Chief Greedy Horse, or maybe I am just a sore loser.