Reuters is reporting that Blu-ray HD discs outsold HD DVD discs in the U.S. by two-to-one in the first half of 2007. I, of course, bought an HD DVD player when it dropped below $300 at Costco (context: I bought two Beta VCRs before I bought my first VHS one). Blockbuster announced it's going to stock Blu-ray, but on the other hand Wal-Mart announced it's building a zillion HD DVD players in Asia for the holidays. So maybe the jury is still out.
Two observations about HD DVDs: The discs seem to be more sensitive to scratches than standard DVDs. One we received from Netflix was unplayable for more than about 15 minutes at a time, then one had to start over and hope it skipped the scratch the next time. Also, while the video quality is great, it's not hugely better on my 50-inch monitor than video from an upscaling standard DVD player. Those now sell for under $100 and do a great job. --Dennis
Link: c|net News.com.