Monday, January 14, 2008

In Case You Needed Your Mind Blown on Monday Morning...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Tough Times for Ol' HD DVD

So as suspected, Warner has gone exclusively Blu-Ray one week after I scored a cheap HD DVD player. Thanks, Bugs Bunny. Way to help a brother out. That said, here are a few reasons why I don't mind too much:

1. As mentioned before, The Big Lebowski is (as of now) exclusive to HD DVD. That alone pretty much ends the discussion.

2. You can get HD DVD players for around $150-$175 with a ton of free movies thrown in. Mine came with 10. Regardless of whether or not the format dies a quick death (and don't forget that Paramount, Dreamworks and Universal are on the HD DVD side as of this writing), there are still a ton of HD DVDs to be Netflixed, and the players double as great upscaling units for regular DVDs.

3. Blu-Ray players that support the 1.1 standard (for the latest special features) are still super expensive. This is not a problem if you have a PS3 (it can do firmware updates), but if not it's probably better to wait. Even if Blu-Ray does totally crush HD DVD in the next few months (which is certainly possible), it may be a short-lived victory if Apple decides to up the ante and start doing HD downloads in iTunes. The bandwidth's not quite there yet, but if anyone might be willing to take the chance, it'd be Uncle Steve.

We'll see how things shake out. If decent 1.1 (or eventually 2.0) Blu-Ray players come out later in the year for under $200 I'd certainly be tempted to check them out, but until then I'll be rocking out with Lebowski and Transformers.