Tarry for the Nonce

February 19, 2008

Are You Blu?

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 5:33 pm

Did the HD Defeat inconvenience anyone?

Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video . . .

Friday’s decision by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest U.S. retailer, to sell only Blu-ray DVDs and hardware appeared to deal a final blow to the Toshiba format. Just five days earlier, Netflix Inc. said it will cease carrying rentals in HD DVD.

Several major American retailers had already made similar decisions, including Target Corp. and Blockbuster Inc.

Also adding to Blu-ray’s momentum was the gradual increase in sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 home video-game console, which also works as a Blu-ray player. Sony has sold 10.5 million PS3 machines worldwide since the machine went on sale late 2006.

HD DVD supporters included Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp . . .

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game machine can play HD DVD movies, but the drive had to be bought separately, and Nishida said about 300,000 people have those.

How embarassing for Microsoft.

(Hat tip to Sridhar Rao.)



  1. HD DVD’s presence was an inconvenience as it slowed adoption of the next-gen HiDef format. I’m frankly surprised that HD DVD lasted as long as it did.

    Not how long do we have to wait until the masterpiece “Cool As Ice” is remastered for Blu-Ray?

    Comment by Howard The Social Liberal — February 20, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  2. Good thing I’m a late adopter… I learned from the betamax vs VHS debacle in the 80s… of course, I didn’t have betamax, but still…

    I am surprised that you posted this at this time. For some reason, in my mind, this is really old news…almost pre-2008 news. Hmm. Not sure why, maybe its The Economist…they always seem to have some stories that are at least 2 weeks ahead of everyone else…

    Comment by Andrew — February 20, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  3. Not to double, but its about time Sony backed the right horse … maybe they’ve finally learned to not try to force their technology on everyone, only to come to failure.

    Comment by Andrew — February 20, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  4. You’re all invited over to see what Blu-Ray can do!

    Comment by Howard The Social Liberal — February 23, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

  5. Howard! Why thank you. Its so kind of you to invite me to your place. I will promise not to make a conservative spectacle of myself.

    However, I must warn you… the new phrase is: Classical Liberal.

    You’ve been warned :o)

    Comment by Andrew — February 23, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

  6. No Country For Old Men, I am Legend, Pulp Fiction, and the two Kill Bill films are due out on Blu-Ray.

    Check with Laura for showtimes. Under 17 will not be admitted.

    Comment by Howard The Social Liberal — February 25, 2008 @ 8:10 am

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