Originally Posted by RFS62
Just got this email from Netflix yesterday...
You're receiving this email because you have asked to receive high-definition movies in the HD DVD format. As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well.
While we will continue to make our current selection of HD DVD titles available to you for the next several months, we will not be adding additional HD DVD titles or reordering replacements.
Toward the end of February, HD DVDs in your Saved Queue will automatically be changed to standard definition DVDs. Then toward the end of this year, all HD DVDs in your Queue will be changed to standard definition DVDs. Don't worry, we will contact you before this happens.
I read about that at avsforum.com. It could be anything from a reactionary response to Warner's move, a calculated move due to a Sony enticement, or a business decision based on the percentage of damaged discs returned. From what I've read, HD-DVD's are more prone to scratching than are Blu Ray discs, especially combo discs.
Funny thing is that I actually like the combo discs and have never had a single issue with any that I own. But I've also seen a good number of HD-DVD enthusiasts swear off combo discs entirely- and with a passion.
In any case, this isn't good for HD-DVD or the high-def consumer. I've seen pretty much nothing resembling decent brick-and-mortar store deals for Blu Ray since Warner's announcement and the HD-DVD deals I've seen have been extremely limited.
I want the war.
Good find, GIK. That's another major injury to HD-DVD, even if your average Best Buy employee can't figure out the difference between the formats. And it's not a surprise that Best Buy is making such a move considering that the margains on Blu Ray standalone players are much larger than the HD-DVD players they've almost had to give away.
The HD-DVD camp has made a minor push with recent BOGO offers at Best Buy, but at this point only massive HD-DVD software discounts over the past month or two would have been able to get customers to care. Frankly, even if the HD-DVD camp would be able to offer films at half price (and they can't) versus their Blu Ray competition, I don't see them pulling out of this death spiral. The PS3 "Trojan Horse" effect always projected to be too large to overcome.
Basically, I think a lot of folks who purchased bargain-basement priced HD-DVD players over the past few months did so in the anticipation that HD-DVD movies would end up in the realm of regular DVD pricing eventually due to either HD price wars or the possible resolution of the "format war". Heck, even as an early adopter of Blu Ray via the PS3, I resemble that customer. I waited until the HD-A2 hit a $98.00 price point and currently have 13 HD-DVD flicks; paying retail for only four of those.
Toshiba has a huge mess on their hands right now and I don't see any way out- especially after Warner leaves for good. Best Buy has been pushing hard into high def for quite a while and considering the number of under-educated consumers who are likely to purchase an HD TV over the next couple of years, an additional push into recommending Blu Ray as the HD format of choice portends a death knell for the HD-DVD format.