Netflix Backs Blu-Ray; Intends to Phase Out HD-DVD
Ouch. It’s been a rough and tumble new year for Toshiba and it’s HD-DVD format. Ever since Warner Bros. announced their impending Blu-Ray exclusivity, it seems more and more companies are bailing out of the HD-DVD vehicle. Well, now you can chalk up one of the biggest sources for movie rentals to the list, as Netflix has announced they will no longer be stocking HD-DVDs and are instead backing Sony’s Blu-Ray format. Subscribers will still be able to rent their limited supply of HD-DVDs until the end of the year, when the company phases out its stock. Add this to the fact that Blockbuster is also moving towards Blu-Ray exclusivity and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere with a good selection of Toshiba’s format to choose from.
Me, I never really cared who won the “format wars” one way or another. I’m just glad it looks like it’s pretty much all over.