Netflix Dumps HD-DVD

Sigh, I guess this really is the end of HD-DVD. Today I received a nice email from Netflix telling me very simply that they won’t be handling HD-DVD any longer. They’ll continue to distribute the discs that they have, but there won’t be any more, and they won’t replace any that fail. Customers with HD-DVD as a preference in their account will be automatically transitioned to standard DVD as their account preference.

I guess at some point I’ll be looking for a Blu-Ray player, but not until they get the issue of newer spec profiles worked out. I wouldn’t want to spent $$$ on a player then find that it doesn’t play interactive content.

Update – So it appears that today Best Buy announced withdrawal of their support for HD-DVD as well. Ars Technica has the details.