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HD DVD versus Blu Ray Disc

I heard that they are going to stop making movies in the HD DVD format after May of 2008 and only Blu Ray Disc will be the available HD format for movies. Does this mean movies that previously came out exclusively in the HD format of HD DVD will be re-released in the HD format of Blu Ray Disc?

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At the beginning of the year, Toshiba announced that it was dropping production of HD DVD drives. Warner Bros. then announced that it would not produce more movies on HD DVD, and the rest have basically followed, generally noting the demise of the ongoing "battle" between HD & Blu-Ray.

The word I got back in the first quarter was that while HD players that were already out there would continue to play the existing movies, but that new movies should be expected to come out only on Blu-Ray. It is very much like the long-ago battle between VHS & Beta on videotape formats.

It is not good news for those who purchased HD drives / players, but obviously there is no way for the consumer to affect this movement. As for movies that were exclusively produced on HD DVD, the decision as to reproduction on Blu-Ray will obviously be another uncontrollable decision made by the responsible corporation. It will likely depend on the perceived level of consumer demand for each individual product, and whether they think that enough people will purchase another copy (probably even more costly) of the same movie.

On the other hand, if you have HD DVD movies and a player, they should continue to play for you just as they have from the beginning. But when they inevitably stop, break, wear out, etc., it will mean Blu-Ray replacement if you still desire that type of content. If you have a relatively recent purchase, most of the retailers have some type of policy for return/replacement following the announcement of the discontinuation of HD DVD. Others, particularly drive manufacturers, have stated that they will support the drives through the published warranty periods (and some may even be gracious enough to extend them), but that further updates/upgrades will not be made. It might be worthwhile for you to check this out if you want to pursue potential reimbursement or other action.

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Posted on May 03, 2008

  • Cheryl Whalen May 05, 2008

    SJMullin1985:

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