Wal-Mart Sides With Blu-ray
It's been a rough week for HD-DVD, Toshiba's high-definition video format, and things are starting to look even worse. Sony Corporation's Blu-ray format, supported by heavyweights 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Walt-Disney, won important allies this week: Best Buy announced it would start recommending Blu-ray over HD-DVD to its customers, Netflix completely dropped HD-DVD in favor of Blu-ray, and now Wal-Mart is making a move to potentially end the format wars once and for all.
Wal-Mart, one of the world's leading retailers of movies, announced today that it would sell exclusively Blu-ray movies and hardware (though it will continue selling standard-definition DVDs), beginning in June. As we announced earlier, anonymous sources are suggesting that Toshiba may be halting production of HD-DVD players in the coming weeks.
In light of these recent announcements, Blu-ray may have won the format war, which will come as a relief to many consumers waiting for it to be over before purchasing a next-generation video player.
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