OK, like at least one other person here I got an HD-DVD player over the holidays. It was extremely cheap at the Thanksgiving sale at Costco ($170) so I said, “Dang. How can I miss that?” Especially since I now had an HD-TV and the Dish shows only play at 720p not 1080i. I’ve only watched a few HD-DVDs. (Oceans 13, Bourne Ultimatum) However I noticed that at Walmart, while the BluRay section was slightly larger it had fewer movies I wanted. Further the HD-DVDs were always sold out while the BluRays never were. Plus, since Microsoft was pushing HD-DVD I figured momentum was on that side. Dang. I should have paid attention to Microsoft’s failure with Vista.
Yesterday I read that Warner is dropping HD-DVD support and switching to BluRay. Toshiba and the HD-DVD consortium canceled their CES presentation. Toshiba put out a press release saying HD-DVD has not lost. When you have to tell people you haven’t lost you’re really in hot water.
So folks, did I blow it? Did I waste $200 for what will turn out to be at most 5-6 movies?