You know, I would actually have more to say about this whole HD DVD war between Blu-Ray and the folks over at HD-DVD if only, well, I could afford to buy these movies in these formats and actually play them on an actual, honest-to-goodness Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player. But I can’t, because they’re too damn expensive, and now with news that Toshiba, the makers of HD-DVD, has raised the white flag, who is gonna bet the cost of Blu-Ray is gonna go up?
The DVD Clinic is reporting that Toshiba has officially pulled the plug on the ill-fated HD-DVD format leaving Blu-ray as the one, true high-def disc. Sez Toshiba in a press release: “Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD-DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD-DVD players and recorders.”
This comes as no surprise to anyone, especially since almost every major movie studio and and retailer (especially giant Wal-Mart) have already declared their exclusive allegiances to Blu-Ray. HD-DVD and Toshiba had no where else to go after that but down, and down they went.
“Down goes HD-DVD, down goes HD-DVD…”