HD-DVD’s Death is Official

First came Netflix’s announcement, and now that Wal-Mart has announced they’ll be dropping HD-DVD in June, Blu-Ray can unequivocally be declared the winner of this most recent round of format wars, and perhaps the last physical media format war.

I actually own an HD-DVD player (some early Toshiba model) which I won as a prize for swiping my card somewhere on the floor of CES in 2007. I’ve got a lot of extra electronic junk taking up space in my house, so this player is on the way out. If anybody wants it, I’m willing to give it away free, along with the five or six HD-DVD titles that shipped with the box, including the excellent BBC Series, Planet Earth. Just pay for shipping and I’ll send this soon-to-be-relic to your door.

In the unlikely event that there is more than one taker, I will decide who gets it based on who can leave the best haiku about Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD in the comments of this post.

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  • Brian Hart

    Well I'd be happy to take it off your hands! I'll have to come up with a clever haiku on the drive home from work…

  • Brian Hart

    Blu-Ray wins the war?
    So long, region-free HD.
    Pass me a Guinness…

  • Carl Rosendahl

    HD-DVD
    Takes a whole line of Haiku
    Not so with Blu-Ray

  • Carl Rosendahl

    (BTW, I don't want the player, I just love Haiku.)

  • I'll throw a couple of my own into the ring:

    Blu-Ray Victory
    Good Bye HD-DVD
    We hardly knew thee

    Format Wars finished
    High definition is Blu
    Toshiba loses

  • Brian Hart

    HD-DVD:
    Uses blue laser, as well.
    Where's the 'e' in Blu?