Blockbuster picks Blu-ray over HD DVD

“Blockbuster Inc. will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format in 1,450 stores when it expands its high-def offerings next month, dealing a major blow to the rival HD DVD format,” The Associated Press reports.

“Blockbuster has been renting both Blu-ray and HD DVD titles in 250 stores since late last year and found that consumers were choosing Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time,” AP reports.

“Blockbuster will continue to rent HD DVD titles in the original 250 locations and online, the company said,” AP reports. “The decision was helped in large part by the lopsided availability of titles in Blu-ray, Smith said. All major studios except one are releasing films in Blu-ray, with several, including The Walt Disney Co., releasing exclusively in Blu-ray. Only Universal Studios, which is owned by General Electric Co., exclusively supports HD DVD.”

Full article here.
People buying iPods, using iTunes, downloading Safari, buying more Macs, salivating for iPhone… What’s gotten into people lately; recognizing quality and not settling for inferior junk? Whatever it is – more, please!

[UPDATE: 1:25pm EDT: Added “chair” graphic for MacDailyNews Readers “zerO” and “JadisOne.”]


  1. MDN
    Please join the list and upgrade your standards of reporting. Droping the over used Ballmer jokes would be a nice start.
    I enjoyed the chair throwing animation the first time and for that matter the word “beleaguered” but …time to grow up an “recognizing quality”

  2. If MDN ever wants your advice, zer0, I’m pretty sure they’ll put you on some kind of retainer. Otherwise, pack up your condescending opinions and use them to populate your own website . . . something like should do the trick, I think.

    Oh, and you might want to hire an editor before you display your work for one and all to see. Does <time to grow up an “recognizing quality”> really mean something to you?

  3. Personally, I would like to see more Ballmer thrown chairs on MDN.

    Seriously though, HD-DVD is about to go the way of the dinosaur unless someone steps up and makes an affordable dual format high-def DVD player. Even then, that might not help the cause for HD-DVD. Plus, Blu-ray sounds so much more interesting and promising than HD-DVD. For instance, would you go in and ask for a Creative QXP4306DZ MP3 player or an iPod?

  4. How about this fact. The majority of Blu Ray owners are PS3 owners. Only a small percentage of Blu Ray owners have the 799-1200 dollar stand alone player, and they dont want to buy one despite the picture upgrade. This is a price point that is not acceptable when DVDs are in the single digit price range. I have never been a renter so I dont care who rents what. All I care is I am offered an affordable high definition format. Blu Ray equals no way for 800 bucks or higher. I dont care if all the movies in the world were released on the format. Sony sells less than 82,000 PS3s per month so the lowest priced PS3 is 599 and that is not what I consider a fantastic user base. Neither format will succeed at this current price. A lot of people are choosing HD DVD as of late because of its 299-499 price for stand alone players and 200 add on price for the huge installed user base of Xbox 360 users. Consumers don’t know who supports what, at least the average consumer doesnt know. If you are on a web site such as this you are not the average. I think it is a lose- lose situation for consumers.

  5. Well it would be nice to have a standard High Def platform so I know which hardware I will be buying in the future. Right now I don’t want to buy or use either one because of this very issue. I prefer blue ray because Apple supports it and the storage capacity is supposed to be almost double that of HD.

  6. Apple also supported Imations’s Superdisk, for those who remember. If you had one you should still feel the burn of its matching blue hue for your iMac or Blue and White G3 tower. I agree watch and wait. DVD still outpaces both of these in a huge way.

  7. Frankly, I think both Blu-Ray and HD DVD suck equally. Both are over-protected, DRM’ed-up-the-ass anti-consumer formats. I hope both lose.

    Rooting for one over the other is like trying to pick the best hockey team in Mexico…

  8. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought I read somewhere that wal-mart is only going to carry HD-DVDs.

    yes, I know, wal-mart, bla bla bla, but they are the largest store out there.

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