The high definition strategies of Toshiba and Microsoft were thrown into disarray on the eve of The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A decision late last week by Warner Bros to release hi-definition DVDs only in Sony's Blu-ray format may go a long way to deciding the winner of this format war. Indeed, many folks are predicting that Blu-Ray - long regarded as the clear favourite - will soon be celebrating in style. Although there are dissenting voices coming from the opposition camp, it seems likely that Blu-Ray will indeed clean up in the near future. Of course, many will have mixed feelings about this; particularly those who plumped for HD and the ability to select films that were not region coded. Once the dust has settled, punters will have the choice to continue for SD DVD or jump straight into a new format. To be honest, I wasn't especially thrilled by the new technology. First of all, a new TV would be required - either LCD or Plasma- followed by a new DVD player. Fine if you have deep pockets, but financially prohibitive if your spare income is limited.
My wife and I went shopping earlier today, and I just had to stop at the Sony Centre when something caught my eye. There, on a 52" LCD TV, was a Blu-Ray film in all its glory. Wow! PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST looked amazing, and now I want one of those, even though I know the closest we'll get is winning some hardware in a competition. The delights of DVD collecting can be an expensive business, and I'll be posting on this subject later this week.