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HD DVD: A Demise Greatly Exaggerated?

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HD DVD: A Demise Greatly Exaggerated?

HD DVD is dead. Or so says the media. How about waiting for consumers to make the final decision?

I have been quietly watching the press, including those from my own group, talk about the seemingly final round of the Blu-ray and HD DVD format war. Having attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) along with the myriad press conferences and now seeing everyone (including electronichouse.com) jump on the bandwagon, I have to share my opinion as well.

Go ahead call me a Pollyanna, but I thought the idea behind the format war was to let the consumer chooseright? Yes, I do think it would have been better to have had both sides in the beginning deliver the one and best format. Yeah, right. So that didn't happen and they left it to the consumer to choose the winner in the end. Yeah, right. This is politics and money at its best.

Because I am in the industry, I will own both HD DVD and Blu-ray players. I am too close to the subject to know if I would have put down the money for both if I didn't need to do so. Given that I pay monthly for three HD-DVRs, I probably would have. For better or worse, I have also gotten close to the people behind the development of the products for both formats. They are all really good people.

I wince when I see writers (including those from my own group) doing a dance over HD DVD when the war hasn't been decided yet. Yes, it makes for a good story. Don't get me wrong, I am not apologizing for them. They have a job to do and I am respectful of their opinions.

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