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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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RE: 360
By AlexWade on 11/15/2008 8:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, how many people actually watch movies over and over other than 5 year olds? I watch it once and then never again, except for maybe 3 or 4 titles.


I do. I'll watch Star Wars 3-7 (but not 1 and 2), and Serenity, and the Bourne trilogy, and Better Off Dead, and Princess Bride, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the Matrix again and again. In fact, I'll watch all those movies several times a year. I've already watched Serenity 3 times this year. I've watched Princess Bride so many times I can almost quote it.

I will admit, most movies today are so bad that seeing it the first time is a waste of money and time.


RE: 360
By AlexWade on 11/16/2008 9:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
I feel stupid. I just realized I meant Star Wars 3-6 and not 3-7. As many times as I watched them, and I mess up like that.


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