Consumers thinking of buying a high-definition DVD player face quite a quandary this holiday season.
The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD remains intense, with no clear winner emerging.
Major movie studios generally are siding with one or the other, meaning most popular movie titles are offered on only one format. Warner Bros. is supporting both.
"It is a battle," said Brian Cline, operations manager at Circuit City's Northfield Stapleton store. "Blu-ray does have the better sound, but HD has a little bit of the bigger names. We leave it up to the customer."
The rivalry is reminiscent of the battle between VHS and Betamax for home videotape supremacy in the early 1980s. Many consumers found themselves stuck with an obsolete Betamax.