Now that the format war is over with HD DVD conceding defeat to Blu-ray, where does this leave those early adopters of the now obsolete HD DVD format? To find out, I contacted both Future Shop and Best Buy communications departments.
Both Future Shop and Best Buy as one would expect are pointing clients to their in house tech support (FutureShop forums and the Geek Squad respectively) to answer questions about Blu-ray. Though Best Buy does say that starting in March they "will prominently showcase Blu-ray hardware and software products in its stores and online". I would also think Future Shop will be doing the same even if they did not mention such a move explicitly.
Future Shop and Best Buy are liquidating their HD-DVD players (one is available for $99) but they made no mention of any similar price reductions on films. We might have to wait a while since there are still films scheduled for release on HD-DVD well into May 2008. I would think that we'll see this list shrink as studios want to cut their losses on the dead format will cancel HD-DVD releases in favor for Blu-ray, but perhaps not all. Dreamworks animation has some questions about dropping HD-DVD for the moment.
On the bright side if you unfortunately joined the HD-DVD camp both Future Shop and Best Buy will continue to honor warranties and offer support. But the clock is ticking on this and eventually (in years) I would expect them to no longer do so.
Now lets start the real format war… Blu-ray versus DVD.