First of all - HAPPY NEW YEAR! . . .
HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO
The format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray continues...and it pretty much stinks of course, but there's been some good stuff happen in the realm of high definition in 2007 as well. First a number of great movie and TV releases were made: BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, THE ULTIMATE MATRIX, PLANET EARTH, HEROES (SEASON ONE), and 300 to name a few. Second, Warner put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces with its announcement plans to release TOTALHD discs, a combo disc featuring of HD-DVD on one side and BLU-RAY on the other,...and then they summarily smacked those smiles right back off with their announcement of the project being put on hold. Still...the TOTAL HD idea hasn't been totally scrubbed, so the very possibility is still to be considered good stuff. Third, in late 2007, HD-DVD player prices hit the sub-$100 mark for the first time. Toshiba's HD-A2 was the barrier breaking unit and sales began to skyrocket. Blu-Ray players followed the path the higher sales via lower prices as well dipping into the sub-$400 realm. Yes...the format war does stink, but things are getting cheap enough for one to consider ponying up for both players for the time being. The format war will rage on in 2008, but that heated fight may pay some dividends to us poor little consumers who just want to see all our favorite movies and tv shows in dazzling high definition.
Stay tuned for #8 (...more viral marketing perhaps?)