By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
I knew this was coming. After taking three stab wounds right to the gut from Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Netflix -- all of whom decided to favor Blu-ray -- Toshiba has decided that that battle has been lost, and is pulling their HD DVD technology out of the format war.
And Sony rejoiced.
Blu-Ray Wins Format War
According to Reuters, an inside source at Toshiba has announced that HD DVD is conceding defeat to Blu-ray. Considering that I own an HD DVD player (that I purchased with my Xbox 360), I have to admit that I'm both disappointed and relived by Toshiba's decision.
I guess Sony was due, considering that Toshiba enjoyed years with their DVD format. The last great format war took place in the early 1980's, when Betamax took on VHS. If you can't remember who the clear winner was there, you were likely born in the '90s.
"We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business," said the Toshiba source, who asked not to be identified.
Toshiba is expected to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to scrap the technology. With that in mind, I can only wonder why they didn't get out and seed the market with their HD DVD player early by selling the technology and extremely-discounted prices. If every household owned one, it would have been a lot easier for retail outlets to choose which format had the advantage.
Eh, lesson learned.
Last I remember, the Blu-ray format is still way more buggy than HD DVD, leaving Sony with a lot of work to do in order to prove to consumers why their format became the victor.