HD-DVD is Dead

Blue-ray vs hd-dvd

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.

3 thoughts on “HD-DVD is Dead

  1. I think Toshiba realized it was turning into a stalemate; they were waiting each other out to see who could last longer. Sony has more resources.

    Plus next year will be crunch time when the U.S. moves broadcast TV to HD which = more ppl with HD TV which = more ppl investing in new DVD players.

    Keep the box and hang onto your player. In 20 years you can sell it to a videophile on e-Bay for something outrageous, just like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/SONY-DVW-510-DIGI-BETA-PLAYER_W0QQitemZ360025433752QQihZ023QQcategoryZ21168QQtcZphotoQQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  2. That definitely made my day 🙂

    A friend gave me an old Dynaco amp he rescued form a garage a couple years ago for next to nothing and I have it in storage. I understand it is possibly thirty years old…but maybe not.

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