Friday, February 15, 2008

Wal-Mart to Drop HD-DVD

Worse than anything else this week, perhaps worse than any news since Warner Bros. dropped HD-DVD just prior to CES ... the world's largest retailer has announced it is dropping HD-DVD.

A buyer in Wal-Mart's video division wrote this morning on the Wal-Mart Checkout blog that the retail giant had made the decision following the Netflix and Best Buy announcements earlier this week.

According to the post, Wal-mart will be all Blu by June.

Suggestions (besides the doorstop idea) for your HD-DVD player: give it to the kids (they can still play DVDs on it) or to your parents or to charity ... but don't expect the agony to last much longer. In fact, sources say Toshiba is ready to throw in the towel, as I previously wrote.

Once the hammer falls, you likely won't see any new releases on HD-DVD ...

So let's gather up as many sayings as possible:
  • The fat lady has sung
  • Turn out the lights, the party's over
  • Stick a fork in HD-DVD, it's done
That's probably enough. The war is definitely over.

However, as I've said before, Blu-ray won this war, but in the long run will lose - to Video-on-Demand (VOD). And probably not that far down the road either. It won't have too much time to gloat.

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