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The Top Stories of 2008: A Look Back
From the end of the format war to the failings of Circuit City and Tweeter, we remember 2008. by Jason Unger

It's been a long, long year.

With 2008 almost out the door, it's time to take a look back at the year that was.

While we had a number of high points -- the end of the Blu-ray/HD DVD format war and the emergence of the iPhone as a legitimate control platform -- there were a number of low points to the year.

Before you move head-on into 2009, let's remember everything that happened in the custom industry in 2008.

From the highs to the lows, it will certainly be remembered as a memorable year -- even if you'd like to completely forget it.

The following are in no particular order.

Blu-ray Wins the Format War

The high-definition DVD war, raging for two years, finally came to an end in February when Toshiba officially dropped HD DVD.

The fatal blow came when Warner Bros., the largest movie studio supporting both formats, announced sole support for Blu-ray on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show. The HD DVD group canceled its show press conference, and despite Toshiba's decree of firm commitment to the format, they threw in the towel a month later.

But despite Blu-ray's victory, adoption of the format has been slow. Prices increased while interest lacked and digital downloads became a plausible alternative.

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