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.