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Blu-Ray Association Responds To Wal-Mart's Backing

It seems we're mere weeks away from a complete Blu-Ray victory and the ultimate demise of HD-DVD, especially with yesterday's news that Toshiba may be releasing a Blu-Ray player this summer. In that same article, you'll notice that Wal-Mart has decided to exclusively stock Sony's high-definition movie format, which can only be considered another nail in HD-DVD's coffin.

Obviously, the Blu-Ray Association isn't about to stay silent on this. We always support good sportsmanship, but hey, why pass up the chance to gloat just a bit? Here's what the Association had to say about Wal-Mart's decision to stock only Blu-Ray:

"Retailers have a tremendous impact on consumer preferences, and as the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart's reach and leadership are unparalleled. Their decision to support only Blu-ray, particularly in light of the string of similar announcements from the content and retail communities over the last six weeks, seems to us to be a very clear statement that Blu-ray Disc has emerged as the format of choice for high definition home entertainment."

While Blu-Ray appeared to have a hefty lead by the end of 2007, the race had not yet been decided. But ever since 2008 kicked off, it has been nothing but bad news for HD-DVD and by now, the outcome seems inevitable...Blu-Ray is inching closer to the finish line, ladies and gents.

2/16/2008 Ben Dutka

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Reccaman18
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 11:36:26 AM
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So whats M$ big plan now? Are they going to do like they said and release a Blu-Ray add on? Actually, I doubt it, since Sony would have to say no to that, being as the PS3 is the only system that offers the new format and they'd like to keep it that way. And it looks like Microsoft's big plan back-fired on them, too. They thought that by buying off the big name movie companies, that it would insure an HD-DVD victory. And didn't Peter Moore say "We are giving the people a choice, and people are choosing HD-DVD." or something like that? How wrong he was!

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Zapix
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 11:53:04 AM
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Actually, Sony would have a nice hand with that. Sony could likely strike a deal saying "you want bluray? we want your past and future xbox360 exclusives like Halo and Mass Effect" Likely? No, but not like they could try to make it a winning situation.

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monomilkman
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 12:10:14 PM
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that would be awesome if they could take some of those exclusives as a trade off, but i can't see it happening

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Reccaman18
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 2:48:27 PM
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Microsoft isnt <i> that</i> stupid! lol

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Darth Koth
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 10:24:27 AM
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Im don't think its up to Sony, theres a few partys in the Blu-Ray camp

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Lacky
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @ 6:35:03 PM
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First off the HD-DVD siding with Microsoft in my opinion was not about "winning" the war but post poning it. Do you realize just how much money they were making offering HD Movies over live? Quiet a lot. I believe it was something like 7.00 a rental? Just think about that.

As for the Blu-Ray victory I feel more sorry for the early adopters of BLu-Ray who with their Version 1 players will be out of luck on some of the new features.

I do feel sorry for me for purchasing HD-DVDs heh, oh well! Just remember folks, my Blu-Ray titles will continue to play right along side my HD-DVDs. As for the size restraints, that is a load o crap. It is all about encoding, higher bit rates does not make a better movie. The 50GB discs should be able to hold a lot more data then they are. I just hope Sony and Company doesn't get lazy with their new format. One thing the war brought was great deals on both ends, I also believe the war was a great way for the consumers to get the best prices possible.

Now we just need Blu-Ray to out sell DVDs! Otherwise, this war was worth nothing!

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danr
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 7:01:17 AM

"Do you realize just how much money they were making offering HD Movies over live? Quiet a lot. I believe it was something like 7.00 a rental? Just think about that."

Yea, but thats got nothing to do with HD-DVD.
Thats just selling movie rentals over the internet, so it doesnt have anything to do with the actual disks, or the technology to read them with.

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