Wednesday, February 20, 2008

HD-DVD bites the dust

It would be nice to envision the death of HD-DVD as a lone bugler softly playing Taps somewhere on the Toshiba back lot while a quiet, respectful ceremony unfolds with closest family and friends on hand to see the doomed format off into the great beyond to join the likes of Laserdisc and Betamax.

Given the months of back and forth battle with eventual triumphant competitor Blu-Ray and studio swapping reminiscent of a round of Pokemon, not to mention the slew of deathblows dealt by Warner Brothers exclusivity, Wal-Mart exclusivity, Netflix exclusivity and Best Buy's promise to support the big Blu disc, the end came more like a thoroughly beaten horse being drug into the back yard and receiving a single round from a .45 to the cranium.

All I can say is thank God.This "war" has been ridiculous. I won't rant. I want to. But since the whole mess has finally come to a crashing halt, I'll simply say it was irresponsible of Toshiba to carry on for so long under the guise of "looking out for the consumer" when their actions accomplished nothing more than scamming early adopters out of a couple hundred more bucks each.

For the full story, check out Joystiq. As for this blogger, I'm happy I'll never have to write about this again.
*knocks on wood*

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