The New York Times reports that Best Buy, clearly an influential power in this field, will be “strongly recommending” Blu-ray to customers as the high definition format of choice.
Further digging the hole is the news that Blockbuster will also be joining the Blu-ray bandwagon. Hacking Netflix reported the news, and received confirmation from a Blockbuster spokesperson who said that they had 250 stores with HD-DVD, and 1700 with Blu-ray. They clarified by saying that the 250 were the first stores they rolled both high definition formats out to, where they watched customer rental trends and determined Blu-ray was the clear winner.
I guess this means I’m buying a Blu-ray player or PS3.
Netflix has driven a nail in the coffin of the HD-DVD format. They have officially gone Blu-ray only, according to Hacking Netflix. Despite my wish that HD-DVD would win, mainly because it’s appropriately named instead of that ridiculous “Blu-ray” crap, it looks like Blu-ray is going to win. Most of the studios and now Netflix, the leading rental place, have gone Blu-ray only.