The Sydney Morning Herald - Asher Moses, January 8, 2008:
Australian retailers said Warner Bros studio's decision to ditch HD DVD gave Blu-ray a commanding lead in the next-gen disc format wars, but they would continue to stock both formats as long as there was consumer demand.
Harvey Norman marketing manager Ross Morgan, while attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, advised consumers to hedge their bets by purchasing a combination player capable of playing both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs, so as to avoid being stuck with an obsolete format should circumstances change again.
Another buyer from a major Australian retail group, who was also scouting for new products at CES but wished to remain anonymous, was more cautious about declaring Blu-ray the winner.
"HD DVD isn't dead, it's still alive - just - but it's taken a big blow with the announcement from Warner Bros," he said.
"While there's still [HD DVD] content available and while there are HD DVD players available at competitive price points, it's not dead; it's just getting close."
But he said that if the remaining big studios still supporting HD DVD - Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios - chose to back Blu-ray exclusively, the format would almost certainly die.