So the high-def format war is over and I don't care

Don Reisinger called it -- the end of the high-def format war. And now that he knows it's over, he couldn't care less.

Do you remember earlier this week when I told you that step one of ending the high-def format war relied on Sony's ability to get Warner on its side? Luckily for us, it happened (and yes, I'll take the credit for it).

Is this the most significant development of the entire high-def format war? Sure. But now that we know Warner is backing Sony, I can't imagine Toshiba is feeling good about itself. Not only did it cancel the big HD DVD party here at CES, but we have yet to hear any true official response. If you ask me, the company is in crisis mode right now and desperately trying to justify itself to Paramount.

And while all this is going on, I can't help but not care.

So why couldn't I care less about what happens from here on out? It's simple really -- the writing is on the wall. At this point, it's as if we're watching The Godfather backwards. Let's face it, now that Sony controls roughly 80 percent of the DVD market, there isn't the slightest chance that HD DVD can turn things around. Suffice it to say, HD DVD is doomed.

Knowing this, why would anyone care? If you own a Toshiba player, do your best to sell it back. If you can't, open it up and play with the insides -- you never know what kind of fun you can have in there.

And if you haven't taken the plunge yet because you thought the war would last longer, it's time to make a move. Is a Blu-ray player worth your $600 right now? Probably not. But give it about a month and then we'll see what kind of value you're getting for that hard-earned money. Chances are, you'll be quite happy with the selection.

But I digress. The high-def format war has finally entered the last stretch and HD DVD has fallen into a hole that it will never emerge from.

Let us take a moment of silence as the format enters the pantheon of past losers (can you say Betamax?) and lives out the rest of its days on life support. It's been nice knowing you, HD DVD. You died too young.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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