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Netflix Drops HD-DVD

Posted by: , 08:57 AEDT, Tue February 12, 2008
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Netflix is switching exclusively to the Blu-ray format for high-definition DVDs following the move of 4 major movie studios
Only a small percentage of Netflix’s seven million subscribers elected to rent high-definition movies, and the company says that most of its customers have chosen Blu-ray Disc over HD DVD.

As part of the transition to Blu-ray Disc, Netflix said it will acquire no new HD-DVDs but that its existing inventory would continue to rent until the discs' natural life cycle (through loss or damage) takes them out of circulation in the coming months.

Although Blu-ray Disc may have more support, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Entertainment are still exclusive to HD DVD. This means that Netflix customers will be without a high-definition option for upcoming releases such as:
  • Beowulf
  • Bee Movie
  • Sweeney Todd
  • The Jack Ryan Collection
  • American Gangster
  • Braveheart
  • Forrest Gump
  • Star Trek
  • Maybe even Indiana Jones

Many consumers have held off on buying a high-def DVD player until the dominant format is decided.


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