The HD format war is in full swing. Warner may go Blu-ray only! We say: Don’t choose until the market does. [Ars Technica]


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  1. G-Dog says:

    Let the flame war begin!

  2. Scuba Steve says:

    I say: Choose anything under a hundred bucks, because if it’s not the winner, it won’t matter much.

  3. ShadowFalls says:

    IF WB choose one of the other it will tick off some people. If you only had one or the other and you got it all in those format and they went with the other, wouldn’t you be a little pissed too?

  4. ferris209 says:

    C’mon HD DVD, mostly because I loath sony and I now have a $99 Toshiba HD-A2, thanks Wal-Mart!

  5. Myotheralt says:

    Um, “We say: Don’t choose until the market does.” arent we the market, and thus if we dont decide the market wont change? So, um, buy Blu-ray.

  6. HaloZero says:

    Go HD-DVD. Blueray keeps changing specs, argh I hate it when companies do that. Small updates are bad when it comes to hardware! SHAME!

  7. rg says:

    For now it’s not a good time to buy either. I’m still waiting, but if I find myself unable to wait, i’d go for a player that works with both formats.

  8. invaderzim says:

    Picked up a Toshiba HD because my old player crapped out. They give you so many free dvd’s now with both formats that you just ebay them and pay off most of the player cost. The Toshiba is pretty nice. Netflix stocks HD dvd’s and my old upconverted dvd’s look really sweet.

  9. LatherRinseRepeat says:

    It’s really sad that these mega corporations couldn’t just agree to one format from the very beginning. From a business standpoint, the longer consumers wait for the HD war to end, the longer these corporations will see the profits. Business 101?

    I think both Blu-ray and HD-DVD were rushed out to market too soon in an effort to gain market share. Pretty lame considering a majority of consumers don’t even have an HDTV set, and probably won’t for a long time. And from what I’ve been reading, both HD-DVD and Blu-ray players are slow, buggy, and full of lame DRM that we’ve grown to hate.

    I’d say wait another 3 – 5 years. By then, one format will have captured the market share. Or maybe both formats will have failed to make a dent, and will be re-marketed towards audio-videophiles. Very much like what happened to SACD and DVD-Audio.

  10. goodkitty says:

    Don’t buy into one format, but don’t miss out on High-Def content either… it can be amazing sometimes. Buy the cheapest player for either format, and rent HD discs instead of buying them until the bickering stops.

    SACD and DVD-Audio… the perfect example of what happens when your format has perfect copy-protection and too many hands in the cookie jar.

  11. Xkeeper says:

    I, personally, don’t care. Hooray, old DVDs.

    The HD format war can battle all it wants; I don’t need to see every pixel in super-ultra-cruft-o-crisp high-definition. DVD works fine.

  12. cerbie says:

    DVDs will get me by. Sure, HD looks good, when it plays. But I have 1.76 million pixels that will show DVDs just fine, but neither HD format.

    If Sony totally changed, and say, wrote libbdread, and then K3b and VLC got set up to use that, I’d consider Blu-ray Disc to have won (retail discs are for the first watching, then backups). Instead, they are making current set-top players not work, by changing the specs. Real pro-consumer moves, there.

  13. Xerloq says:

    @Scuba Steve: That’s what I did. I was going to buy a $79 upconverting DVD player, but I got the HD-A2 for $99.

  14. goller321 says:

    @cerbie: Well Sony “Rootkit, Pricefixing” Inc. has never really been a consumer friendly company , has it? BTW wasn’t a Sony rep that said consumers simply ripping the CDs they lawfully purchased into mp3 is illegal and considered copyright infringement?

  15. jeffj-nj says:

    @Scuba Steve: Along a the lines of a similar process, I say, go with a PS3 or an XBox360 w/ HD-DVD drive. Either option will cost you $400. So, yeah, you’re spending more money with my idea than yours, but the upshot is that if “your” format doesn’t come out on top, oh well, at least you still own a game system.

  16. deadlizard says:

    If Sony wins the format wars, it would be a first. After the
    Betamax, the Mini Disc, the Memory Stick, the UMD lost their respective
    format wars you’d think Sony would learn.

  17. Scuba Steve says:

    @jeffj-nj: I would never watch movies on my Xbox 360. I own one, and the fan on it is louder than anything else in my room, my computer included.