We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Netflix dumps HD DVD and goes Blu-ray-only

Movie rental firm says next-gen DVD war is over

Movie rental firm Netflix has announced it will only stock only Blu-ray Disc and drop the HD DVD format, claiming the industry has already picked a winner in the next-generation DVD wars.

We're now at the point where the industry can pursue the migration to a single format, bring clarity to the consumer and accelerate the adoption of high-def," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. The company cited the decision by four of the six major studios to use only the Sony-developed format.

Netflix's move comes about a month after Warner Brothers announced its shift to Blu-ray, joining three other major studios. Only two major studios, Paramount Home Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, publish in the HD DVD format.

Netflix subscribers can still rent the remaining HD DVD titles until the discs' natural life cycles take them out of circulation. The company plans to fully abandon HD DVD by the end of the year.

Netflix offers more than 90,000 DVD titles, over 400 of them are Blu-ray.


IDG UK Sites

Best iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deals: Find the best contract for your new iPad

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...