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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 Nfarce on 11/14/2008 5:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
The death of BD is nearing

Huh? Well everything dies eventually. It will be some time before BD is replaced. Just as an example, camcorders are going HD these days, and the 50GB storage (proven 100GB capacity of a multi-layered BD disk) will be around for some time. Just like people are currently burning SD home video to DVDs and sharing them with friends & family, so will they in a few years on BD when HD video recording becomes more mainstream. In short, BD is gonna be around for a while from what I see. But long term, I see us getting away from the mechanics of plastic disk storage and hard drives in general - very long term.

Seriously, how many people actually watch movies over and over other than 5 year olds?

Just ask women that question about "Titanic" and "Sex And The City" season DVD collections. And guys like me who had to watch all three Matrix and Pirates of the Caribbean flicks a few times each to make full sense of them. Besides, having a nice 300+ DVD library variety adds to the aesthetics of a home theater room - and offers plenty of diverse entertainment to keep the in-laws out of one's hair ;-) .

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