HD-DVD's Days Are Numbered
With Netflix going to move exclusively to Blu-ray, Best Buy pushing the format to the front and Warner going exclusively Blu-ray, I can't see HD-DVD surviving too much longer. While I'm all about this format war being over, I'm sad to see that a Sony-backed product win out. HD-DVDs were cheaper to manufacture (as I think they could be made using basically the same equipment as DVDs while Blu-ray needed new equipment), easier to rip for fair-use purposes (BD+ still hasn't been cracked yet), and Sony's been subsidizing Blu-ray folks (sources). What happens when that money goes away? Rental and purchase fees will go up. I'm sure equipment costs will probably drop, but the media cost won't.
Needless to say, the HD-DVD folks call this an unfortunate decision.