Is HD DVD Already Dead?

Losers of the format warsAs I predicted more than a year and a half ago, high-definition DVDs have flopped. That’s the premature but likely accurate conclusion of this editorial, which echoes some of my (18-month-old) comments and adds a few more nails.

As a relatively new co-owner of an HD television, I can relate particularly well to these points: that DVDs that aren’t high-definition still look spectacular on the new set, and that standard-definition television looks terrible. That gives customers a hint of the potential but also throws cold water on their enthusiasm for new technology:

“[M]any Americans are underwhelmed or feel like they got burned by HDTV. The last thing they’re going to do is rush out and buy the next greatest thing.”

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