Saturday, January 05, 2008 - PC World's Melissa Perenson reported from CES 2008:
It's always fun when a bombshell announcement hits the tech world. It's the sort of announcement that gets tongues wagging as everyone tries to absorb and decipher the implications and new course set by said announcement. That's exactly the effect Perenson has seen on Saturday at the CES from Warner's announcement on Friday that it would be backing Blu-ray exclusively. Perenson spoke to industry experts who thought the game is completely over.
Perenson was surprised by how the HD DVD Promotional Group responded to the announcement - by tucking tail and scrubbing its press conference on Sunday night. It's shocking that the HD DVD camp didn't have a Plan B contingency for this eventuality even though Warner has publicly said for the past two months it was reassessing its format-agnostic strategy.
IDC analyst Wolfgang Schlichting had another perspective - one that included a future for HD DVD, albeit a murky future at that. It's dual-format. HD DVD is now at the point of being an added feature, and the race against the clock is on for a $299 dual-format player if HD DVD is to survive.