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http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/17/blockbuster-chooses-blu-ray-is-the-war-over

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In a huge blow to Toshiba, Universal, and the rest of the HD DVD devotees, rental giant Blockbuster has decided to stock only Blu-ray discs in the vast majority of its nationwide locations, although HD DVD titles will continue to be offered online and in the 250 (out of 1,450) stores that have been testing both formats since last year. Blockbuster VP Matthew Smith revealed to the AP that the decision to go with Blu-ray -- which will reportedly be announced tomorrow -- stemmed from an overwhelming customer preference for those titles in the test markets, accounting for over 70% of all HD discs rented. Interestingly enough, it seems that content -- and not price -- was the deciding factor for consumers, with Blu-ray-only hits such as the Spiderman and Pirates of the Caribbean films apparently outmatching equivalent HD DVD exclusives. While it's still a little too soon to declare Blu-ray the outright winner, this Blockbuster decision only contributes to the momentum that Sony's darling has had of late -- momentum that at this point, might be too difficult for the other guys to counter.
Good for the fellow PS3 owners
    
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obviously. Blu-Ray has already won. I dono why anyone is denying it...
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Awesome, looks like BR is winning the format war.

By the time PS3 gets a price cut and everything, it's really going to be mainstream. Everyday I'm getting a good reason to go out and buy one.

I'd rep you but your the forum director.
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blueray for the loss... i beleive HD-DVD is the real winner, with its supperior HD and its true 100% lossless audio, there isno reason that a Blu-ray has any chance in the market, its like the war of VHS and BETA lol or MP3 and mini disc, sony is just becoming more and more ridiculous every time... seriously you can buy an HD- DVD player for $200 and it comes with 5 free HDDVDs or you can pay $500 for a PS3 and sony looses $150 from that sale and then...you pay more for the DVDs anyways on top of that...
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its true 100% lossless audio
How is LPCM not lossless? Doesn't Blu-ray support (or rather, require, I thought) that?
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HD-DVD is screwed!! Woo i beat thepope again, i must rub it in!
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post #7 of 62
They will both be around for quite some time once the dual players and drives hit the mainstrream. There won't be a need for the other major companies to standardize with Sony after that. Dual players are going to be like buying a regular DVD player now, nobody buys one that can't also play mp3, wma, etc. My Uncle went with an Oppo so anything I have in Xvid or divx is fair game for that thing.

There's ZERO reason to fanboy either of these standards because the end result is the same either way. I've seen both displayed at Fry's and I can't tell the difference, they both look and sound great to me on quality equipment.
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HD-DVD is screwed!! Woo i beat thepope again, i must rub it in!
hmm... i don't think we ever made a bet.. or did we?

Anyways I agree with you, Hd-DVD is going to suffer over this.
    
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Awesome!! this is good news for a PS3 owner such as my self ive only got 3 blue rays so far but im sure the collection will grow
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post #10 of 62
I always liked blu ray from the begining
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