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They are not "dead" in the sense HD DVD is "dead"--no one has declared either format officially out of production. However, in terms of mainstream acceptance, they never really "lived"--especially in North America. SACD soldiers on as a niche format, primarily focused on classical music, some jazz and, very occasionally, pop/rock. SA-CD.net is the place to go to check out most SACD releases (some Asian releases are not listed there, for reasons I do not know). DVD-A appears to have very occasional releases, but interest in that format has diminished far more than in SACD.
In the end, if one is a fan of classical music, SACD is worth pursuing (my personal bias is for MCH releases, for classical or any other genre, but there are some who enthusiastically buy 2 channel only SACDs or ignore the MCH layer of those titles that have it). For other genres, it may be worth it but, with the exception of jazz (which, while having far fewer titles than classical, has more than any other genre), expectations of new releases should be very modest.
I collect what I can in the genres that interest me but I've long given up my initial hope that MCH hi-res audio, in either format, would become reasonably widely accepted.