Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Are Wal-Mart About To Spoil The Future Of DVD For Everyone?

Blu-Ray is stomping on HD-DVD and, despite my numerous misgivings about Sony, that's the way I wanted it to go. As far as I can determine, Blu-Ray is the better format.

But now, it looks like the fate of our future movie collections rest entirely in the hands of Wal-Mart.

Rumours have spread over the weekend that Wal-Mart have engaged a technology manufacturer to make a next-gen disc player at a cost of only $50 per unit. That gives the thing a very low selling price - maybe even as low as $50, so attractive a loss-leader it would be. I'll stick my neck out and predict a $200 tag.

The question is, however - is this a HD-DVD player or a Blu-Ray player? Hi Def Digest have had a look at the evidence... and come up with nothing truly conclusive. The consensus across the web, however, is that HD is more likely than Blu.

And that should turn the tables on Blu-Ray quite conclusively.


Rob said...

the fact that wal-mart wields such power is ridiculous. i have boycotted them for years, and when i read stories like this, it just strengthens my resolve.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the manufacturers of HD-DVD discs are throwing some cash into the development of this player themselves. Considering what's already been laid out to develop the DVDs, it'd be small change to help get an inexpensive player off the ground, and the return in increased HD-DVD sales would make up for it many times over.