paul nicholson

It’s over

In Cool Tech, Movies on February 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm

UPDATE: Toshiba did not make the surrender announcement as expected. However, one of the manufacturers of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies has switched to Blu-Ray only production given the shrinking demand for HD-DVD media. Toshiba is holding on, but the end is inevitable. Just a matter of when.

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Wow. That didn’t take long.

The official truce documents haven’t been signed yet, but it looks like the Blu-Ray doesn’t just have momentum – the battle is over. HD-DVD will be no more very shortly.

After all the major studios switched to (save Universal and Paramount) and Netflix, Blockbuster, Best Buy, and Walmart all went Blu-Ray exclusive…it only took a day or so for Toshiba, the main manufacturer of all things HD-DVD to pull the plug. That pretty much seals the deal. If they stop making HD-DVDs, that just leaves one manufacturer (Hitachi – who made only about a third of the HD-DVD hardware to begin with).

Those wanting to track the state of the battle near the end, check this “state of the division” that lists the basic tech differences, which studios support which format, manufacturers, and other pertinent information that led to the downfall of HD-DVD.

So, everyone go grab your PS3′s and stand-alone players. The war is over!