walmart hddvd When it comes to the high-def format war I don’t think there is much arguing that Blu-ray is emerging as the clear winner. Within the last week Netflix announced that they are starting to phase out HD-DVD’s from their rentals, and then shortly following them Best Buy said that they will start recommending Blu-ray to their customers.

Walmart is hot on the heels of everyone else announcing on their blog (yes, apparently even Walmart has a blog) that they will be selling Blu-ray exclusively by June:

By June Wal-Mart will only be carrying BluRay movies and hardware machines, and of course standard def movies, DVD players, and up convert players.   Not sure of the short term pricing plans, but history tells us that as more people move to a new technology prices typically go down. 

I can only imagine that the PS3 sales will now pickup quite rapidly since Blu-ray has become the obvious winner. The PS3 actually looks pretty cheap when you compare it to the price of the existing Blu-ray players out there, but the movies are still so much more expensive than regular DVD’s that I don’t think I’ll become an adopter quite yet.

What’s it going to take for you to jump on the high-def bandwagon, or have you already adopted one of the technologies?

Walmart Blog [via Engadget]

There Are 17 Comments

  1. @Ryan:

    This story reminds me of how the Betamax format was crushed by VHS. Ouch! Hi-Tech is really a knife-in-throat industry.

    Regards,

    Omar.-

  2. Prices have to come way down for me.

    I’m also curious to see how Internet streaming/downloads are going to fit into the mix. I know Apple and Netflix are already in this area…I’ve even watched several movies over the Internet via Netflix.

    So I’m in no rush.

  3. I will wait for a while before I jump into Blu-Ray as I think the prices for the movies are still too high, but hopefully when Blu-Ray wins out, that will change.

    I do plan to buy a PS3 eventually as there is a cool game that I want which is exclusive to the PS3. I am currently taking a wait and see approach with the PS3, which could bite me in the butt when Blu-Ray wins out. Sony has dropped the 80 GB Hard Drive model and there is speculation that they are going to come out with a new version. I am hearing that it may be a white one, but have not heard anything about hard drive size. I may want to take the plunge next month on the 40 GB model in case there ends up being a shortage when Blu-Ray does win out.

  4. R.I.P. I was hoping you would be victorious, alas you have been defeated by the mongrel that we know a Blu-Ray. :|

  5. I find the DVD format perfectly fine. Why would I want to change? :?:

  6. Blu-Ray is the better format by far and deserved to win. The only advantage that the HD-DVD camp had was interactivity which is hardly ever explored by movie watchers to begin with. Honestly, picture in picture, commentaries , and downloadable movie content? People rent/buy media to watch the movie, not how it was made and what the directors were thinking when they were shooting the scenes! Undeniably, availability of an ethernet port from the get-go on HD-DVD players was the clear advantage of HD-DVD as this meant firmware update on the go. The majority of blu ray players do not have ethernet ports, hence a firmware/spec update is almost impossible unless the manufacturer decides to ship firmware on a cd for a price :D In comes the PS3. This is the most clever decision by far for any consumer as the ethernet port guarantees firmware/spec updates.

    Additionally people need to understand that Sony != Blu-ray. Sony one of the prominent upfront supporters of blu ray in a consortium of players. There exists 200 members of which samsung and jvc are big players as well. Sony just has more to lose given that blu ray was their chosen format for their console hence their public push. If blu ray had lost, then all the other hardware manufacturers would simply switch to manufacturing hd-dvd hardware. Sony in this case would be burying the ps3 and essentially add to the mounting worries.

    Blu ray in itself is a far better format for the masses, independent to the supporters and manufacturers, when comparing the features side-by-side e.g. capacity. Sure the hd-dvd camp came out with dual and even tripple layer technologies to propel the format to match the capacity of blu ray, but think if blu ray decides to follow suit? There simply is no match!

    Microsoft on the other hand was clever by not instituting a format in its console. Now, despite the investment in hd-dvd, Microsoft can essentially switch to a blu ray addon and call it a day. People will moo and complain, but the xbox will be able to compete with the ps3 with this addon, and given the richness of xbox live, well, you know what will happen.

  7. Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    I find the DVD format perfectly fine. Why would I want to change? :?:

    I agree with you, I have many movies on DVD and don’t want to change. But eventually they (movie studios) will force us to. But one thing that is for certain Blu-ray’s future isn’t certain either as more and more companies are offering digital distribution, and more and more people wanting digital distribution.

  8. Only thing that Blu-Ray has thats great is massive disc space (25gb I believe). But I have read that it has massive DRM which always screws the consumer. And with the fact that Blu-Ray players can go obsolete due to a simple update….Sony needs to be destroyed.

  9. @Mohan

    Digital distribution is far from becoming feasible form of distributing digital content and lets take a look at why. Firstly, people need to feel that the content they purchased is secure, digital downloads do not ensure this. Content on a hard drive is vulnerable to hard drive failures which could result in an entire collection of movies being lost in an instant if the hard drive completely fails. Sure one can always do a raid configuration, but that too suffers from a single point of failure. Secondly, downloadable content will suffer from much more drm that its physical counterpart. You can not share digital content nor can you sell it like its physical counter part. Try selling your music that you purchased through itunes as you would an old cd. Lastly it is not feasible now nor in the foreseeable future to get 1080p resolution with True Dolby HD over the internet given our current and foreseeable future infrastructure.

    @ Amak
    DRM was a bad idea from the get go by the consortium. But lets think about it, not taking the side of the consortium, why are you worried about DRM? If you are going to buy the physical media or rent it, why are you so worried? How many people can actually say that they backup their entire movie collection? With that said, if all you are worried about is watching the content, why worry about drm unless you want to backup the content which I seriously doubt you will do? Blu ray players do not go obsolete with a single update, unless you buy movies for the extra features and commentaries. And once again, Sony != Blu ray so destroying sony will not stop the blu ray push, just dent it.

  10. “Get them while they’re HOT!”
    Blu-Ray just kicked the crap out of HD DVD and they’re saying HD DVD is hot… :P

  11. I think this means the fight is officially over.

    [reuters.com]

    taf

  12. In my country (Portugal) the HD-DVD never seemed to much interesting … It’s promotion was not visible, as oposed to PS3/Blu-Ray … from what i had seem, neither in generic europe …

    Xbox 360 isn’t very popular on this part of the world either … so … let’s hope the 360 doesn’t die so soon to keep Sony awake ;)

  13. I don’t think that Toshiba has made an official announcement so I would still consider this speculation. If it is true then I will stick with standard DVD until it finally dies.

  14. I don’t think that Toshiba has made an official announcement so I would still consider this speculation. If it is true then I will stick with standard DVD until it finally dies.

    *** Edit ****

    Toshiba claims no decision made

    [engadget.com]

  15. OldManDeath wrote:
    I do plan to buy a PS3 eventually as there is a cool game that I want which is exclusive to the PS3. I am currently taking a wait and see approach with the PS3, which could bite me in the butt when Blu-Ray wins out. Sony has dropped the 80 GB Hard Drive model and there is speculation that they are going to come out with a new version. I am hearing that it may be a white one, but have not heard anything about hard drive size. I may want to take the plunge next month on the 40 GB model in case there ends up being a shortage when Blu-Ray does win out.

    I would definitely pick it up soon since Sony has no incentive to lure people in to Blu-ray since that will be the eventual format people adopt.

    stavarotti wrote:
    Additionally people need to understand that Sony != Blu-ray. Sony one of the prominent upfront supporters of blu ray in a consortium of players. There exists 200 members of which samsung and jvc are big players as well. Sony just has more to lose given that blu ray was their chosen format for their console hence their public push. If blu ray had lost, then all the other hardware manufacturers would simply switch to manufacturing hd-dvd hardware. Sony in this case would be burying the ps3 and essentially add to the mounting worries.

    Sony definitely has a lot to lose since their games are also produced on Blu-ray discs, but you’re right that there are a ton of large players backing Blu-ray.

    Pieter wrote:
    “Get them while they’re HOT!”
    Blu-Ray just kicked the crap out of HD DVD and they’re saying HD DVD is hot… :P

    I made up that sign. :)

    dtanderson wrote:
    I don’t think that Toshiba has made an official announcement so I would still consider this speculation. If it is true then I will stick with standard DVD until it finally dies.

    *** Edit ****

    Toshiba claims no decision made

    [engadget.com]

    Of course they’ll deny it until they release a press release. Right now they are just trying to figure out how they can cut their losses the best way possible.

  16. Ryan wrote:
    I made up that sign. :)

    Gosh, I’m so dumb! :oops:
    What makes it more embarrassing is the fact that it’s clearly fake and that I’ve actually visited the site where you can create these fake WalMart images some time ago…

  17. Pieter wrote:
    Ryan wrote:
    I made up that sign. :)

    Gosh, I’m so dumb! :oops: What makes it more embarrassing is the fact that it’s clearly fake and that I’ve actually visited the site where you can create these fake WalMart images some time ago…

    I did it in Photoshop, but I’m sure there are sites where you can do this.

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