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Netflix consumers will have one month before the rental service stops renting HD DVDs

Online movie rental company Netflix sent an e-mail to its subscribers informing them they would no longer be able to rent HD DVDs.

"Effective December 15, 2008, we will no longer carry HD DVDs," a message to subscribers said.  "At that time, we will automatically replace any HD DVD titles in your queue with standard DVDs when available.  You don't have to do anything."

"Last February, we announced that since most of the major movie studios had decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in Blu-ray, we were going exclusively Blu-ray as well and would be phasing out our HD DVDs."

Since Sony-backed Blu-ray won the format war and HD DVDs are no longer being released by movie studios, this decision isn't shocking.  Netflix will stop selling used DVDs by the end of the month, and it's unsure what will happen to the company's HD DVD catalog -- Netflix never sold high-def content.

The company will now shift support back to DVDs, Blu-ray and streaming services, with a strong emphasis on Blu-ray and streaming services.  The company recently announced several partnerships in which consumers will be able to stream TV episodes and movies directly into the living room using a set-top box or certain Blu-ray players.

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By SunAngel on 11/14/2008 3:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't go back, nor ever pay for a premium cable channel again. I also haven't bought a DVD in the past 5 years either, really no point. careful how you word your thoughts. yes, having to buy digital cable just to get on demand is unfair; however, it is what it is. cable tv is not bad it is just the pricing is ridiculous. as far as dvds goes, i refuse to pay the premium for blu-ray/hd dvd quality. for the time being and until they decide pricing hd movies more respectably, dvd are perfectly fine.

netflix's watch now service is okay. not as great as it could be, but again it is what it is. i'm okay with shelling out my monthly to netflix. yet, if cable tv changes their pricing and allow on-demand as a-la carte then there a nice chance i'd jump ship and go on-demand. on-demand has better selection and more recent releases.

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