Not getting out. Keeping all my HD-DVD's. Looking forward to buying Star Trek TOS season 2 and 3 in HD-DVD also.
I've made this prediction months ago and I'll repeat it because I still feel it's true: Studios aren't going to end the format war. Dual-format players will.
Studios will all win, Consumers will win. And both formats will "win".
As far as my opinions on the Warner announcement. I believe that blu saw the writing on the wall. ALOT of standalone HD-DVD players were sold this holiday season. Warner has been thinking of going exclusive one way or the other to help end the war. In a last ditch move of desperation blu bought out Warner. AND required it to be announced Before CES. Even though the new contract Warner will have with blu doesn't go into effect until May 2008, they announced is now, right before Toshiba's press conference. The press conference would have undoubtedly been glowing and very positive. I imagine it took a really big payoff to Warner to get them to do what they did. Which I personally feel was really lame. Both formats were going to win (before this change) because dual format players were coming. (My opinion, partly based on the fact that the Broadcom SOC chip can do both formats).
So blu has made a last ditch move of desperation, which initially felt like it could actually bring down HD-DVD. But the more I think about it, I'm not going to buy a PS3 anytime soon. Don't want a Sony product for a variety of reasons I don't need to go into here. I'm not buying a more expensive, less capable blu-ray player (even if I can afford it). I'll buy into blu once dual format players are out that have HD-DVD's capabilities and can do at minimum bd spec 2.0.
Paramount just announced seasons 2 and 3 of Star Trek for HD-DVD, which I will buy. All of these newly sold HD-DVD players are going to have consumers wanting movies... it would be soo funny if HD-DVD took the lead in media sales before May.... which is precisely what blu feared would happen. The % has been shifting towards the red, 58% blu 42% last week I believe, in spite of alot of bogo's blu has been doing, moreso than hd-dvd has. Hence the sudden, massive buyout of Warner and a requirement that it be announced before CES.
So, is it a killing blow? Not if Paramount and Universal can keep on selling me good quality titles that I want: Star Trek, lots to be released there, Seasons 2 and 3 and 4 of Battlestar Galactica.
What will I miss possibly? Smallville Season 7 which would likely have been released in September, the next Batman movie, and possibly Lord of the Rings (likely why they shelled out so much). So this part really does suck. Still not going to buy a blu player. I've lived with not having all my movies in high def since jumping in last May, I can handle another year for this next wave of contracts to end, or for dual format players to come out, whichever comes first. In the meantime I've been buying less DVD.
The timing of the annoucement is to try and steal some wind out of HD-DVD media sales which it probably has done to a small extent, at least for some AVS readers. If HD-DVD media sales continue to eat away at the %, and even exceed blu, in spite of the announcement, Warner, Fox and Disney could all re-think their allegiances.
But one thing I've noticed while reading through the first several pages of this thread is that in spite of the announcement, many AVS'ers are in fact NOT dumping HD-DVD. Not really much blu can do about that. We have good quality and performing players ( <3 XA2 ) that's aren't going anywhere. We've been buying red movies and will continue to do so.