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September 27, 2006 01:33 PM PST

Its going to cost $199.99 and be out mid November.
I looks like the choice between Blueray and HD-DVD has been made... for me at least. I probably won't commit to buying any titles yet however - at least not the smoke clears a bit. Not to worry though, Netflix is building up a decent selection of both formats.

Comments (4)
Paul, September 27, 2006 03:48 PM:

My understanding is that Apple and Sony are going Blu-ray, so the format wars have just begun. $200 for the HD drive sounds reasonable if Netflix gets more selection (it seems to be all older, big name films at the moment) and even if Blu-ray eventually wins.

However, I refuse to purchase any HD / Blu-ray DVDs until the format war is decided. My family got burned by Beta, and while it was reasonably cheap to replace the machine, the video library was not.

John, September 27, 2006 04:00 PM:

The nice thing about Netflix is if you tell them you have an HD-DVD drive they will ship you the HD version of any title in your queue if it is available - DVD if it is not.

Paul, September 27, 2006 11:44 PM:

Other than playing HD-DVDs, what will this drive do? Will there be super high-def games?

John, September 28, 2006 08:32 AM:

My understanding is no.
All games will continue to be developed on the existing standard - DVD media. Actually this makes sense. They went with what was readily available at the time - DVD. This add on approach to HD movies, while ugly and clunky, is low risk and only incremental cost for consumers. And if Blueray wins the format war, oh well, they will just release a Blueray add on drive.

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