We will look back in a year or two and point to today as the day Sony won the battle with HD-DVD. Their signing of an exclusive with Warner Bros. for their Blu-ray disc format puts one of the final nails in the coffin for Toshiba and their partners. All that Sony has to do now is match prices for HD-DVD players and their victory will be complete.
Back in the day, I bought a Sony Beta VCR and watched the same thing happen in reverse so it’s fitting I own an HD-DVD player attached to our Xbox 360. Excuse me while I lick my wounds while watching the newly purchased Blade Runner HD-DVD.
In the final analysis, it probably doesn’t matter that much as optical media will be replaced by digital downloads. So companies like Microsoft, who are in the HD-DVD camp, will really not loose too much. And owners of HD-DVD players will probably get some good deals on close out movies in a few years.