Despite the rhetoric from both sides, neither HD-DVD nor Blu-Ray is a clear winner in the high definition video format wars, according to the New York Times. It's a stalemate.
We bought an HD DVD player when they were on sale earlier this year. Even so, we've only seen two HD DVD titles since that time, opting for the most part for ordinary DVD. Why?
- Cost. Ordinary DVDs are available for anywhere from $6 to $20, depending on how old the release is. HD DVD releases are generally $30 and up.
- Selection. There really isn't much of a selection. One or two shelf units at Best Buy versus the thousands of titles available in regular DVD format.
- Rental. Our local video store doesn't carry either Blu-Ray or HD DVD.
As a result, of the dozen or so DVD's we purchased at Christmas, only one was an HD DVD. It looks great, but until there are more titles available at a more reasonable price, I don't expect to be getting a lot of use out of our fancy new HD DVD player.