HD-DVD is dead, long live HD DVD! As a final blow to the adoption of HD-DVD, Walmart recently announced it will be selling Blue Ray and VD players only and will be finally phasing out HD-DVD on or before June of 2008.
This, on top of Netflix announcing earlier that it ill cease renting out HD-DVD movies and will move on to Blue-Ray formats. Best Buy also announced support for Sony’s (SNE) Blu-Ray format over Toshiba’s HD DVD. Warner Bros. also made public the same message last January that it will only support Blue-Ray in future releases.
Blue-ray supporters include Disney, Fox, Lionsgate while HD-DVD has Paramount, Dreamworks and Microsoft. Studios in the Blu-ray camp accounted for about 66% of all video sales and rentals in 2007. The format wars sure does have a clear winner in Sony.