I guess I needed to write on this topic, even though it’s never been a big deal for me. In case you haven’t heard, HD DVD is basically a dead format, or at least will be for sure by the end of this year. Some of the biggest industry moves regarding this format have allowed it to become defunct. For a little while, Netflix was carrying both HD DVD and Blu-ray, but just recently, it stopped renting out HD DVDs. But this occurred after basically all major movie studios switched to Blu-ray support only. Just a year ago, there seemed to be a big variety. Even just a few months ago, I was commenting to myself how ridiculous it would be to try to purchase one or the other, since you kind of needed both players to get every movie in high-definition.
This format war, as it’s been called, is similar to what the video game industry has always dealt with. Gamers know they need all three consoles (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3) if they want every game. Movies never really had to deal with this issue. I think the invention and growth of DVDs is one of the best things that has happened to the movie industry, simply because we can get movies in high quality, and we can get movies in multiple languages on the same disc. This is very helpful for movies like anime movies, so I can watch the dubbed version first, and then the original language track on the same disc. I can even switch in the middle of the movie.
I think this is great news for consumers who haven’t bought into the HD format war yet, because now it’s clear that Blu-ray is what is going to be the format where you can get all your movies in high-definition. But I’m going to be honest-I think it’s a bit hyped up. DVDs look great as of now. I don’t get why people feel they need to dish out a few hundred dollars, and then upwards of $30 per disc just to get slightly higher quality. But there’s been a lot of ‘leaps’ in technology. Dial-up Internet seems to be dying down. VHS has been dead for years, although even into 2006 there was some sort of VHS production (Crash was released on VHS in 2006). So it seems that while my tune is to avoid Blu-ray for a while, but expect DVDs to die sometime down the road. This certainly will not hurt DVDs, as DVD sales are very strong.
On a final note, there’s two miniscule reasons why I wanted HD DVD to win. I think the name is better. It just makes sense-HD DVD. Blu-ray sounds foreign to me. The other reason is because I think Toshiba is the best technology company out there. I trust Toshiba products more than any other company. Ironically, I’ve never personally purchased Toshiba products, but back at home, my family still has a 20″ Toshiba TV, Toshiba VCR and Toshiba DVD player. They simply have the best design, best features, best remote controls, and I could go on. All the little things that you never notice is stuff that Toshiba has thought of and put into their products. I continue to get usage out of different brands of DVD players, and TVs all the time, and I always think back to Toshiba that I grew up with. And that Toshiba TV we have is 14 years old. It works as if it was right out of the box.
So, that’s all. Thanks for reading.