Recent Articles In DVD
April 22, 2008 by terpfan1980 on My world

I wrote another article recently about a day which will come... this article could share that same theme really.

If you check through this article: Netflix profit jumps, but stock drops on outlook you'll see this great little nugget:




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February 19, 2008 by terpfan1980 on My world

I've been having a healthy e-mail exchange with a friend that has been a big fan of Blu-ray from day one.  Though I've tried to discuss the issue with him in the past, he's been blinded by a love of Blu-ray and apparently all things Sony and hasn't seen his purchase of a PS3 and support of the Blu-ray format as something to be disappointed in or ashamed of in anyway.

February 17, 2008 by Bunnahabhain on Don't Take Wooden Nickels!
A couple of articles in today's paper make it clear that HD DVD is all but dead:

"Wal-Mart sides with Blu-ray" Globe And Mail Technology - Wal-Mart

"Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, end format war" Globe And Mail Technology - Toshiba

I rarely shop at Wal-Mart, but I can't deny their power to persuade the buying public. Enough major players in the retail seqment are already making it hard for HD DVD to survive (Netflix and Best Buy most recently).

But if the reports are true on Toshiba...
February 12, 2008 by terpfan1980 on My world

If you're looking at my main page at ( then you'll see that the article just before this is about the announcement on 11 February 2008 that Netflix intends to drop support for the HD DVD format for future disc releases and will not replenish stocks (inventory) of the current HD DVD titles that they are carrying.  They intend to go Blu-ray exclusive and leave HD DVD in the dust as they expect the format to die out and want to help hasten that death, despite insistence from Toshiba, Universal and Paramount (and Dreamworks along with them) that they aren't wavering in their own support of HD DVD.

How can or should the partners in the HD DVD consortium respond to this move by Netflix.  Well, to borrow somewhat from what someone else already had suggested in forums over at I would say go for broke, and go for the biggest and baddest trojan horse move you possibly can.  Take the game that Sony played with the PS3 and go one better -- stop releasing content in DVD only format, and move to releasing content only in combo format (HD DVD on one side, DVD on the other).

February 12, 2008 by terpfan1980 on My world
Netflix, who had been format neutral and was serving as a good source for HD DVD rental discs for many customers (like me) has announced that with Warner Brothers studio and many of their partners and affiliates going Blu-ray exclusive that they (Netflix) too will go Blu-ray exclusive in the future.  Over the next few months Netflix will stop purchasing stock (inventory) in the HD DVD format and will quit replenishing inventory in that format also, choosing instead to carry only DVD and Blu...
January 4, 2008 by terpfan1980 on My world
Surprise, surprise, eventually Sony does seem to be capable of creating a format that the world will accept as a standard.  Lord knows how much this is costing them, as I'm willing to bet that that some sort of financial incentives changed hands to get this to happen, but Warners has decided that they want to be firmly in the Blu-ray camp in an effort to help end confusion in the marketplace and in turn speed up adoption of Blu-ray as the next generation disc based video format.

News is ...
December 12, 2007 by terpfan1980 on My world
I got the copy of Star Trek: The Original Series (season 1) on HD DVD that I had ordered from during their recent 20% off sale. I'm enjoying some episodes of it as I type. My one real complaint is in the packaging, with a couple of nits to pick.

First, I would note that I passed on buying the individual episode (or multiple episodes) DVDs when they were first released, and then passed on buying the DVD sets that were released, but when this HD DVD set was released, I knew I w...
December 9, 2007 by terpfan1980 on My world
Let me tell you all a dirty little secret that none of the Blu-ray fan boyz are speaking about, and perhaps only a few are even thinking about.  Yet another important reason why would everyone everyone would support HD DVD or at least be format neutral.

There's a big feature set that HD DVD pretty much pwnz the Blu-ray platform on right now and that is in the web interactivity front.  Some recent articles over on point that out, and there was a recent article at HD...
December 7, 2007 by terpfan1980 on My world (excellent site, btw) has an article up that clips some content from a new Business Week article talking about Warner's 'fence sitting' ( article title: Report: Warner Takes Centerstage in High-Def Format War) when it comes to chosing a camp to put all of their support behind, either HD DVD or Blu-ray.  The original article (Business Week's) is debunked a bit when you check through the 'related discussion' area of the site.  (Some fo...