One of the frustrations for legitimate movie buying consumers, “Which do I get, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD?” Despite the familiar “DVD” acronym, Toshiba’s HD-DVD will be officially replaced with the growing Sony Blu-Ray format.
HD-DVD started out to address the need to store more data on a disc. It emerged when Sony deployed a new format with a blue laser (shorter wavelength), but it required new hardware. During the format war, the HD-DVD decryption key was posted on Digg, resulting in the claims for “uncrackable DRM” to be proven false. Since then, HD-DVD lost a lot of momentum in favor of Sony’s Blu-Ray format.
There has been a lot of news about HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Basically, consider HD-DVD obsolete. Here are some useful news articles related recently:
- Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft
- Toshiba shares surge as company studies future of HD-DVD format
- Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD DVD soon
- HD-DVD key fiasco is an example of 21st century digital revolt
- Toshiba expected to announce death of HD DVD tomorrow
- Warner Brothers Goes Blu-Ray Exclusive!
Thankfully, I didn’t get a HD-DVD player. Good call on that. 😉