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2Opinionated Episode 12 - The War is Over and Microsoft Falls Short

This week on 2OpGaming’s podcast the HD movie format war is finally over and I talk about Blu-Ray’s victory and how it played into the surprising January NPDs. Sony office party ahead. Plus, just how ridiculous the idea of Netflix on Xbox Live is from a logistics standpoint. Also, listen in for the led pipe GDC locks to look for this week from the Mascone Center in San Fran.

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Toshiba Pulls HD-DVD Support, Blu-Ray Officially Victorious

Joystiq is now reporting it as official something that a lot of us have been waiting for for a long time. Blu Ray has officially finished off HD-DVD. Toshiba is calling it quits in terms of their backing for HD-DVD.

These past few weeks must have been a dream scenario for Sony. You got to tip your hat to them for not wavering in the least throughout the tough times and the doubt. They took their machine to the brink and have come out unscathed and well ahead.

Walmart Officially Drops HD-DVD

From Blu-Ray.com

Walmart has confirmed with Blu-ray.com that beginning in June the world’s largest retailer will only stock Blu-ray players and movies. Over the next few months, they will phase out all HD DVD products and reorganize their stores to focus on Blu-ray. This move comes days after similar statements of support for Blu-ray by Internet movie rental site Netflix and retailer Best Buy.

Gary Severson, senior vice president, Home Entertainment, Wal-Mart, U.S. commented, “We’ve listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases. With the customers best interest in all we do, we wanted to share our decision and timeline with them as soon as possible, knowing it will help simplify their purchase decision, increase selection, and increase adoption long term. We anticipate enhancing our selection with continued great values in hi-definition Blu-ray products, so our customers can further enhance their entertainment experience at home.”
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http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=980 Walmart has confirmed with Blu-ray.com that beginning in June the world’s largest retailer will only stock Blu-ray players and movies. Over the next few months, they will phase out all HD DVD products and reorganize their stores to focus on Blu-ray. This move comes days after similar statements of support for Blu-ray by Internet movie rental site Netflix and retailer Best Buy. Gary Severson, senior vice president, Home Entertainment, Wal-Mart, U.S. commented, “We’ve listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases. With the customers best interest in all we do, we wanted to share our decision and timeline with them as soon as possible, knowing it will help simplify their purchase decision, increase selection, and increase adoption long term. We anticipate enhancing our selection with continued great values in hi-definition Blu-ray products, so our customers can further enhance their entertainment experience at home.”

HD-DVD Still Fighting

Affiliations in the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray format war have been pretty clearly defined for nearly two years now — despite a hybrid player here and some international releases there, most of the players involved have not switched support since the early days. Well that’s all about to change, as Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Animation — which started off HD DVD only before deciding to go both ways — have officially announced plans to release movies exclusively on HD DVD, dropping Blu-ray support entirely. This means that hits like Transformers, Shrek the Third and Blades of Glory won’t follow Mission: Impossible III as cross-format releases when they debut this holiday season. Paramount has released about 30 movies on Blu-ray so far, but those days have come to an end: apparently cheaper HD players trump a 2:1 sales advantage. We can’t wait to see how the Blu-ray camp responds to this.

Not bad. Transformers, Shrek, Bourne, and the back log HD DVD exclusive. Pretty major news for the pro-HD DVD camp. This is a good start on the come back trail.

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