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Netflix to cease carrying new HD DVD titles

The tide continues to turn in the ongoing high-definition format war. Netflix, the first choice in online movie rental service in the U.S., today announced that it will exclusively stock Blu-ray Disc as the only choice for its customers looking for high-definition content.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. shook the industry when it announced that it would release movies exclusively on Blu-ray Disc starting this summer. Netflix states that, with four major Hollywood studios now behind Blu-ray Disc, it too will back the format held by the majority.

Since the inception of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Netflix gave its customers opportunity to rent from both formats. But by the end of this year, the online rental service will have phased out HD DVD, leaving Blu-ray Disc as the lone option.

HD DVD hardware owners will have to look to alternative rental outlets for software, as Blockbuster announced last summer that its retail stores would also carry only Blu-ray Disc. Blockbuster’s Total Access online rental service, however, continues to provide HD DVD as an option.

"The prolonged period of competition between two formats has prevented clear communication to the consumer regarding the richness of the high-def experience versus standard definition," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "We're now at the point where the industry can pursue the migration to a single format, bring clarity to the consumer and accelerate the adoption of high-def. Going forward, we expect that all of the studios will publish in the Blu-ray format and that the price points of high-def DVD players will come down significantly. These factors could well lead to another decade of disc-based movie watching as the consumer's preferred means."

Only a small percentage of Netflix’s seven million subscribers elected to rent high-definition movies, and the company says that most of its customers have chosen Blu-ray Disc over HD DVD.

"From the Netflix perspective, focusing on one format will enable us to create the best experience for subscribers who want high-definition to be an important part of how they enjoy our service," Added Sarandos.

As part of the transition to Blu-ray Disc, the Netflix said it will acquire no new HD DVDs but that its existing inventory would continue to rent until the discs' natural life cycle (through loss or damage) takes them out of circulation in the coming months.

Although Blu-ray Disc may have more support, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Entertainment are still exclusive to HD DVD. This means that Netflix customers will be without a high-definition option for upcoming releases such as Beowulf, Bee Movie, Sweeney Todd, The Jack Ryan Collection, American Gangster, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Star Trek and potentially even Indiana Jones.

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RE: Blu ray won!
By wolfpack1825 on 2/11/2008 2:19:39 PM , Rating: 0
When Blue Ray hit's 2.0, what are you PS3 fan boys going to do? So then you will be asking yourself why was I left out. Don't buy Blue ray till 2.0 is official and beta ware is gone for good. HD only died because Microsoft never took sides, they just indorsed the better format. Sony spent all its money trying to win the war. Microsoft was more interested in streaming movies, and imo the future. When you think about it, the average consumer watches a movie once. A collection of DVD's(HD, Blueray) are all going to go the way of the dodo bird. Soon you will be able to buy a movie online and bring it up from a catalog and play it as many times as you like. All the transcoding will happen from minimal hardware you get from the next gen consoles or hardware.

RE: Blu ray won!
By nemrod on 2/11/2008 2:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
When Blue Ray hit's 2.0, what are you PS3 fan boys going to do?

lol worst example

RE: Blu ray won!
By wolfpack1825 on 2/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: Blu ray won!
RE: Blu ray won!
By TerranMagistrate on 2/11/2008 8:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'll say it for him: "OOPS".

RE: Blu ray won!
By SavagePotato on 2/11/2008 4:44:07 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know what all the other ps3 owners are going to do, but personally I'm going to go with updating my firmware when the 2.0 enabled firmware comes out.

You know it's funny I remember hearing this same troll about the 1.1 firmware that was NEVER going to be available for ps3.

I wish you would come over to the isp I work for and wave your magic bandwidth wand, giving us the unlimited bandwidth for people to download movies to their hearts content all month long.

RE: Blu ray won!
By wolfpack1825 on 2/11/2008 7:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
Your not that informed on leading edge of tech.

The future of streaming is already endorsed by your ISP and they plan on having it in full swing with IPTV and digital networks in 2009. Blue ray looks so appealing :P

RE: Blu ray won!
By SavagePotato on 2/12/08, Rating: 0
RE: Blu ray won!
By wolfpack1825 on 2/12/2008 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 1
No one cares about you, move on!

RE: Blu ray won!
By SavagePotato on 2/12/2008 6:22:22 PM , Rating: 1
Go back to troll college, you fail.

RE: Blu ray won!
By wolfpack1825 on 2/12/2008 7:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
Call the kettle black, look who's trolling :P

RE: Blu ray won!
By SavagePotato on 2/13/2008 3:15:17 PM , Rating: 1
Yes thats right, you. I can see just fine who is thanks.

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