HD DVD not going down without a fightHighDefDigest
has a series of articles on the ongoing HD-DVD vs Blu-ray saga. I have heard some consumer publications say that HD-DVD is dead and Blu-ray has won the war. This is completely misleading. HD-DVD has taken some heavy blows but it has not died yet. Microsoft has shown in the past that it is prepared to make a loss in order to increase the market share of inferior products.
HD-DVD is definitely not giving up the ghost here. Universal has confirmed
that it has no plans to abandon the HD-DVD format, despite the escape clause in its contract.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, Warner revealed
that it plans to delay even more of its HD-DVD releases. The delays now encompass its catalog titles in addition to its new ones.
Retailers are supporting
Warner's move as well. Retailers are becoming cautious about over-stocking HD-DVD titles and are dedicating more shelf space to Blu-ray discs.
Finally, an online petition
has been set up, campaigning against the move to abandon HD-DVD. At the time of writing, it has received over 15,000 signatures. Recently, a counter-petition called "Let HD DVD Die"
was set up. At the time of writing, it has over 6,000 signatures (including mine). Because the first petition has had a couple of weeks' head start, it's difficult to tell which one is actually "winning" right now, although it probably won't make much difference.
Posted by Jon Chappell on Tuesday January 22 2008 3:57 PM to Industry, Analysis, DVD
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