If you have been reading the news then you will know that we are near the of a hard fought multi-billion dollar high definition format war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD.
Blu-Ray has finally won! As you may know, Blu-Ray was backed by Sony and HD DVD was backed by Toshiba.
This is one war which was in the news for a very long time and it had put customers, studios, and retailers in a fix. Which one to support or which player to buy? Nobody knew for sure who the winner will be so most of them, mean studios and retailers, went about supporting both the formats. Its an expensive war – expensive for Sony and Toshiba to promote their standards, expensive for studios to release discs in two formats, and expensive for customers since one player cannot play the other format so they probably had to buy two players or just wait for their favorite movies to be released in the format of the player.
Number of things happened recently that has paved the way to a clear winner. The following are some of which I heard about
Microsoft Corp said in January that they could consider supporting Blu-ray technology in their Xbox 360 video game machine which currently works only with HD DVD.
Warner Brothers chose to go with Blu-Ray
Netflix Inc and Best Buy Co Inc said they will support only Blu-Ray
Just last week, Wal-Mart said they will support only Blu-Ray in their stores
As per the news reports, Toshiba is expected to give up completely on HD DVD. End of this war will have the most impact on Customer. Those who already own HD DVD players will have to throw it way and those who had waited can now buy a player that supports Blu-Ray knowing fully well that its worth the money!