I feel sad and good about this. Sad as the better technology is losing here.
Good that finally there is a 'single' solution. http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/02/hd-dvd-death-ma.html
As an avid dvd collector (at least 500 dvd's) I have been sitting on the fence for some time about deciding which high definition platform to go with.
If i had my preference I would have gone with HD-DVD for two reasons.
1/ it's region free - for an international person like myself this is a source of never ending issue.
2/ hd-dvd is from a company I can trust Toshiba....blu ray is from Sony (you need to remember this is the company that bought us root kits part 1, part 2)
I guess this means I'm now in the market for high definition discs, I might wait for a new series of players to come out of this round of announcements for the dust to settle but at least i dont need to wait any longer.