HD-DVD or Blu-ray?
Posted on: 01/16/2007 02:09 PM

I've been following the HD-DVD/Blu-ray war closely over the last several months, all-the-while remembering back to the VHS/Betamax war that took place years ago (Yes, I am that old!) and shaking my head. Once again, two rival formats are duking it out for our hard-earned cash, and only time will tell which will emerge victorious.

According to this article, HD-DVD has opened-up a decent lead in the standalone player sales, accounting for almost 83% of the units sold. The thing is, only 21% of all units sold have been standalone units. The other 79% are tied to game consoles, either as an add-on to an Xbox 360 (HD-DVD), or built-in to a PS3 (Blu-ray).

Of the 695,000 next-gen players (both standalone and "bundled"), about 61% of them are Blu-ray. Considering the fact that PS3 purchasers are getting Blu-ray if they like it or not (How many of them are actually using it as a BRD player? Especially considering the PS3's scaling issues.), I would consider HD-DVD's 49% market share quite competitive.

What do you think? Have you made a purchase? What did you choose? I've created a poll (scroll down, and look to the right side of the page) for you to let us all know your thoughts. Please leave any additional comments there as well.

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