The next-generation format war has been quite the bitter battle, but it's obvious which format has come out on top. HD DVD is effectively dead, much to dismay of its major supporters. This must also be a big pain to any early adopters, because that black box with a blue laser is pretty much useless. Or at least it will be in a couple of months when the major studios stop releasing new movies in that format. Sucks to be you.
But how did it come to be like this? How did the Sony-backed Blu-ray format manage to stomp all over the Toshiba-backed HD DVD? After all, the HD DVD format came out of the DVD Forum, the same people that populated our homes with DVD movies. It was a tried and true name that people would recognize, but it just wasn't enough.
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