Blockbuster video has made some pro-Bluray noises from time to time in this war, but apparentlyit is claimed by Phil Swann that Blockbuster be going to announce exclusive support for bluray, at the expense of HD DVD - which he claims they will announce this week.
If this turns out to be true, then a full boycott of Blockbuster is in order.
I'll be cancelling my membership the very minute they make any such announcement, and will be writing in the comments WHY I cancelled, as well as sending them email and letter statements on my feelings...
I think others may want to prepare to make a similar stand.
Netflix will likely continue to support both.
"The consumers are sending us a message. I can't ignore what I'm seeing," Matthew Smith, Blockbuster's senior vice president of merchandising, tells AP.
He also says, apparently that about 70% of Blockbuster's HD rentals are bluray.
So, in fact, 30% of his HD customers are saying "support HD DVD", too. I guess he's a LITTLE tone deaf when it comes to 30% of his customers?!
Also, to CLAIM to know what his customers have decided is slightly arrogant, especially when such claim is made on false truths. He states there are far more releases on BD because more studios support it, yet there are almost exactly the same number of releases on both formats. A falsity based on the same old argument that there are "more BD exclusive studios".
I feel very strongly that there has likely been a desperation deal under the table by Sony, giving Blockbuster an incentive to make this announcement.
Thank God for Netflix - to heck with Blockbuster.