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  • So Long and thanks for all the Hi-Def fish

    Posted on February 19th, 2008 Andy Parkes No comments

    I’m sure you have read some recently about the imminent death of the HD-DVD

    That was my first line when i started to write this post. As i was looking for the link for the official HD-DVD page i found this article with the “breaking news” that today February 19th is the day Toshiba finally threw in the towel and discontinued their HD-DVD business

    I’ve blogged before about how i wished the “format wars” would just pack up and go home so i’m glad this has finally been sorted

    I’m just disappointed i’ve picked the loser! Though to be fair i only picked HD-DVD because it fitted in well with the XBox 360 as my gaming machine of choice. I would never have spent hundreds of pounds on a stand alone player (in either format) with the chance it could be a useless very soon

    I currently own 8 HD-DVD titles

    Average cost for a HD film is between £20-25

    I got the player cheaper than usual but this was still £100 (plus the time it took to actually get it)

    So total loss is between £260-£300..ouch!

    I’m cheating a little here though as i got five of those for free from a promotion Microsoft were running 🙂

    I’m predicting Microsoft will release a Blu-ray add for the Xbox pretty soon. Imagine if the roles were reversed though. What if you’d bought a Playstation 3 and Blu-Ray had lost. Every single person who had the console would have paid a premium for being on the losing side. A least i chose to waste my money!

    Hopefully this will bring the price of Blu-ray players and discs down and we can see more widespread adoption of HD content.

    It will also mean there will be a ton of HD-DVD’s that suddenly lose a lot of retail value and end up in the bargain bucket.

    Who said i’d backed the wrong side? 🙂

    Couple more links here

    Microsoft Calm About HD DVD Defeat

    Sony Wins High-Def Video Format War

    Sony’s Blu-Ray wins HD DVD battle

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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