Don't believe the hype!!! Especially from Sony (other BD partners have been more reasonable). Sony has declared the war over twice in the last month like saying so makes it true.
Not that you don't have a point but the topic is about a CNET editor, this has nothing to do with Sony...
The way I see it the formats are at parity right now. BD has taken the lead in Movies available (which considering the studio support I am suprised it took that long). BD disc sales are stronger right now. However I doubt the sales per title are stronger than HD DVD. In standalone hardware the FS and BB I have questioned HD DVD is way ahead.
The current sales rank on Amazon:
The Departed: BD=25, HD-DVD=39
Babel: BD=136, HD-DVD=147
BD has 3 in the top 100, HD-DVD has one... Nothing scientific but the best I could find.
I resent the HD should surrender comments. HD has provided me an in to HD movies that BD hasn't. I will not buy a PS3 and have been enjoying HD for months when BD did not have it's act together. At a cheaper price I got the movies I wanted in superior quality with advanced codecs and full specs. Those specs are 1)advance audio 2)In Movie Experience from the begining 3) Many extras from the beginning 4) Dual layer discs 5) Advanced Video Codecs.
If it weren't for HD I would still be on the sidelines and would be for many years to come.
No doubt that HD-DVD has some positives but my PS3 has provided with much of the same things and it plays games too...
On new titles PQ, extras etc. is pretty much a wash between the two formats. Do you own a BD player as well?
As far as who is winning it also has to be seen what the goals of the two sides where at the start. BD planned on dominating the format and killing HD before it even got out. This has been a failure even now. HD wanted to survive and carve out a niche for itself. I would say they have done this and more.
I have a 40+ HD DVDs and a player but consider myself format nuetral. I don't care the brand just what gives me what I want. HIGH QUALITY MOVIES AND REASONABLE PRICED STANDALONES. Only one camp has offered that.
Well you don't sound so neutral to me...
Really who is, I certainly am not. I have about 15 BD discs now since I got my PS3 in December. I'm building slowly but surely mostly on new titles. I refuse to buy stuff I already own on DVD... Ok... When LOTR comes out I'll cave...