Netflix Backs Blu-Ray; Intends to Phase Out HD-DVD

netflix1.gifOuch. 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.

Via Engadget

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7 Comments on Netflix Backs Blu-Ray; Intends to Phase Out HD-DVD

jrosado5

On February 11, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Just freaking retarded Netflix. With more than a million HD DVD players out there and more being sold on a daily basis with the new low prices, there is no doubt that there is an HD DVD customer base! You just don’t want to take care of your HD DVD customers and instead are drinking the Blu-Ray Kool Aid. How much did Sony pay you? They paid Warner $500 million for their support and I am sure they bought you off as well.

“From the Netflix perspective, focusing on one format will enable us to create the best experience for subscribers,”

Total Bull$hit! The best experience is to take care of your HD DVD customers and not being a Sony prostitute!

LaChandra

On February 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Let me guess jrosado5, you have a HD DVD player. :lol:

SpiralGray

On February 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Would you be crying foul if Toshiba had bought off everyone and Blu-ray was being dropped in favor of HD-DVD?

Norbit

On February 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

@ jrosado5

Blu-Ray technology was developed jointly by Sony & Pioneer and launched by the Blu-Ray disk association consisting of 9 electronics companies. The only people who think Blu-Ray = Sony are retarded Xbox 360 fanboys. Its hilarious that HD-DVD supporters seem to think Sony have paid everyone who supports Blu-Ray. People are switching to Blu-Ray exclusivity because its the leading HD format worldwide and they need to get behind the leader to end the public uncertainty and get people buying players and disks. The fact is that Blu-Ray has sold more stand alone players worldwide than HD-DVD, it has a far higher public awareness worldwide than HD-DVD, there are loads of BluRay burners on sale but no HD-DVD ones and Blu-Ray has nearly 10m players in PS3′s.

Everybody who has bought a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player over the last year or so knew exactly what they were getting into. They knew it was almost certain that one of the formats would die off early so its pretty pathetic to whinge about it when your one does. If Blu-Ray were dying I very much doubt you would be calling for companies to still support them. Sony did not pay off Warner for exclusivity but HD-DVD DID pay Paramount. i doubt you were complaining about that and saying it was unfair on the millions of Blu-Ray owners. You should just grow up and accept that your idiotic Sony hatred made you choose the losing side.

Norbit

On February 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

BTW you might be interested to know that Best Buy have just officially announced that they will be recommending Blu-Ray to customers from now on and promoting Blu-Ray more in stores. I suppose they were paid off by Sony as well :lol:

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=950

Rollett

On February 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Im glad this format war is nearing a end for the consumer.

angie

On February 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

i really dont understand the hatred flowing off anybody over this silly crap. but i am upset i just bought one of those hd dvds that were on sale, i didnt even know any of this was going on. im sure im not the only one who didnt know, alot of the rest of us have real lives and only worry about the real news but i guess you die hard electronics savy people can feel better thousands of us are being screwed because they didnt put this little “being discontinued” on the models they were selling.