Is HD-DVD Dead?

I know, I know. Toshiba has pulled the plug on the format and the list of forth coming titles on HD DVD are shrinking fast. But I still think there is some life left in the format… maybe.

On a recent window shopping trip to Future Shop I overheard two guys talking how they couldn't wait for the prices to drop on HD-DVD titles. I told them it's a dead format and the agreed. Their logic was that they could get HD titles at DVD prices. To top it off they were Future Shop employees on their day off hanging out at the store. They actually thanked me for the public service of telling them.

In other Future Shop news, they are offering a trade in on HD DVD players. You get a $100 credit towards a combo player Blu-ray / HD DVD player. At least you don't lose your investment in all those HD DVD titles you bought. What they don't tell you on the only two dual format players they have are $799.99 & $899.99, ouch. I'm not sure how this compares to Circuit City's unpublicized return policy on HD DVD players. But at least Future Shop doesn't care where you bought them just bring them in.

If you were wondering, Future Shop will donate your old HD DVD player to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. That's great, but do the Boys & Girls Clubs really have that many HD televisions (must start hanging out at the Boys & Girls Club more). And what about new titles to watch? Unless they are just going to use them as up converting DVD players, I don't see the point.

UPDATE: Stupid Engadget. You know if you guys had real jobs you wouldn't be so fast on the posts either.

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2 thoughts on “Is HD-DVD Dead?”

  1. Well if you get a cheap (say 199$ HD-DVD player) and buy HD-DVD's at 9.99$ it "might" work out compared to current blue-ray titles which would be 20$ off a normal title. Whatever…

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