The Tide Has Swung: It’s Blu-ray!

It looks like the war between the two formats that allow people to see high-definition (HD)  DVD movies on their HD televisions may be about to end. According to an article in the New York Times (Jan. 5), Warner Brothers decided to go exclusively with Sony’s Blu-ray instead of Toshiba’s HD DVD format. According to an expert in the field, that decision pretty much decides the format battle. Eventually all studios will be forced to use Blu-ray.

That’s good news for we consumers who have been waiting in the wings trying to figure out which way to jump. I know my wife and I delayed the purchase of our HD TV until this Christmas because we thought the TV prices were too high and what was the use of buying such a TV when you didn’t know which format DVD player to buy. The latter issue was particularly frustrating because their cost was dear.

Well, the prices of TVs did become reasonable and the technology of the TVs has significantly improved (see my previous post in “Computer and Technology”). As well, our satellite provider is providing more HD channels. So, we bought despite the lack of resolution in the DVD war. I did do some research and pretty well determined that Blu-ray was probably going to be the winner, but we didn’t buy because when you look on the shelves of the DVD stores, you see that the war has created casualties. Why pay for a high priced DVD player when your old one still works well and most movies are in the old standard format, anyway?

So, now we should see some progress in both the converting of more movies to Blu-ray and a drop in the price of Blu-ray DVD players and disks; although on the latter issue I know we may have to wait a while.

Thank you Warner Brothers for beginning the end of the war.

So, what’s wrong with that?


About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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