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Blu-Ray: First Strike!

I was in the Halifax Future Shop store yesterday for my weekly gawk at tech toys. Though I've been following some of the new format war of HD DVD vs Blu-Ray, I haven't been paying too much attention to it since a) I don't really have a budget to be looking at high-definition DVD players right now, and b) my 6 year old high-def TV doesn't have an HDMI input so I can't watch the damn things anyway (I'll save that rant for another day).

Still, I thought it was interesting to see a rather large Blu-Ray DVD rack occupying prime DVD real-estate next to the "new releases" area of Future Shop. I was quite impressed, actually. And though I didn't look very hard, I did not see any similar display for HD DVD disks. In fact, I didn't see ANY HD DVD disks, though like I said I didn't look exhaustively through the entire DVD section.

So, it would appear as though Blu Ray has drawn first blood in the format wars (in Canada, anyway). Mind you, it's still a pretty weak strike, featuring such smash hits as Stealth and Species. Who the hell decides what catalog titles get released on new formats anyway? I think it must just be a chimpanzee throwing darts at movie posters.

Comments (2) -

  • Darth Mac

    9/3/2006 9:19:17 PM |

    They had some HD DVD titles a few weeks ago. Had them back by the tellies, where they were demoing the HD-DVD unit from Toshiba.

    I personally don't see either format ever catching enough fire. The difference b/w HD DVD/Blu-ray isn't significant enough over progressive scan DVD for the average schmoe consumer notice, let alone to fork over the big cash. My inlaws have a DVD plugged into some ancient 20" TV... they aren't going to a Hi-Def unit anytime soon. Neither are all the people that bought those $40 DVD units at Walmart.

    Plus, people like me with 600 DVD titles won't be rushing out to drop $30 a shot to replace all that catalogue.

    They'll both be niche formats (like DVD-Audio and SACD). The difference just isn't noticeable to the average consumer...

  • Abominax

    3/7/2007 4:25:16 PM |

    I have to agree with Darth wanker on this one. I'll wait for a real format revolution before investing my hard earned credits.

    Hmmm, is that a red lightsaber I see?

    I have a bad feeling about this...