We have already talked about the big Warner announcement that it decided to go all Blu-ray after the HD DVD group came to CES expecting to announce Warner was an all HD DVD studio. This certainly isn’t a good thing for HD DVD.
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However, I for one am very shocked at how they have handled the situation and believe that the HD DVD group itself has made the situation worse. Sure Warner going all Blu-ray could signal the end for HD DVD, but from a business side don’t you think HD DVD should at least be attempting to make it seem like business is going on normal? I do.
Rather than at least sucking it up and going on with the show, the HD DVD group literally threw in the towel and cancelled all of its meetings. Last night as I made my way to another event at the Venetian I ran across the room where the HD DVD group was supposed to be having their CES party and it was displaying the sign pictured here.
I would imagine that many consumers felt after hearing that Warner’s pulled out that HD DVD could still compete. Any illusions of that being a possibility in my mind were completely shattered when HD DVD simply gave up and cancelled everything here at CES 2008. In many minds what the HD DVD group has done here is publicly conceded the high definition format wars to Blu-ray and many feel that by handling the situation the way that it has that the HD DVD group has done more to harm itself than Warner did with the announcement of abandoning the format.
Interestingly I was in the Sony press conference last night, where they really didn’t announce anything that got me that excited. The only good thing to come out of that event was the announcement that you could now go to any Sony Style store and buy your own XEL-1 OLED TV. However, the Sony CEO ended the session with a telling smirk on his face when he mentioned Warner had come to Blu-ray. Sony smells blood in the water, and the HD DVD group dumped lots of it in themselves. I am so glad that I only spent $98 on my HD DVD player.