A couple of my buddies and I are in constant debate over who will win the “HD Format War”. We all go back and forth, picking sides and making our points. I believe that while Blu-Ray is the better format, that HD-DVD will eventually win out due to the consumer friendly name. But a couple of things have happened recently that might give Blu-Ray the fighting chance it’s needed in the consumer arena.
About 5-6 months ago, Disney made the official decision to go exclusively with Blu-Ray. This is a huge deal, because people buy Disney movies by the truck loads. The more recent announcement, that Blockbuster has chosen Blu-Ray (via Engadget), could be the final straw in the format war. If it is not the final straw, it is almost definitely a big one.
I really think that Blu-Ray needs to win this format war. It is by far the better format, at least from a storage capacity standpoint. However, from a visual perspective, they look the same to me. I just think that more potential data storage can mean better quality for the long term.