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February 11, 2008

Netflix chooses Blu-ray

There’s yet another nail in the coffin of HD DVD as Netflix announced that in the future they would only stock Blu-ray high definition DVDs:

In what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future. Netflix justified its decision by pointing out the fact that most Hollywood studios seem to be converging solely around the Sony-backed format — a fact that’s all too familiar to Toshiba and friends. With both Blockbuster and now the ‘Flix having eschewed HD DVD for BD, it’s gonna get harder and harder to even find a place to rent those former discs in the first place, let alone one that has a decent selection.

Apparently it was the four major movie studios lined up for Blu-ray that convinced them to make the decision (via Latest Blu-ray News). The current line up is:

The Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures, News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have endorsed Blu-ray. Paramount and Universal Studios publish their high-definition DVDs in Toshiba’s HD DVD format.

Toshiba’s HD DVD players still have a price advantage, but that isn’t much good if there is no HD DVD content.

Posted at 1:12 pm. Filed under Blu-ray, Companies, HD DVD, Sony, Storage, Toshiba

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