If HD DVD wasn't dead before, it  FEB 11 2008

If HD DVD wasn't dead before, it probably is now. Netflix has announced that it will stop carrying HD DVDs by the end of 2008 in favor of Blu-ray discs.

Since the first high-definition DVDs came on the market in early 2006, Netflix has stocked both formats. But the company said that in recent months the industry has stated its clear preference for Blu-ray and that it now makes sense for the company to initiate the transition to a single format.

However, with online movie rentals/purchases gaining momentum, it'll be interesting to see just how long Blu-ray can stay in the lead before selling bits on pieces of plastic becomes outdated. (via nelson)

Update: Best Buy is going to start recommending Blu-ray to its customers. (thx, fletcher)

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