Blu-ray disc has won the battle for the format of high-definition video. The New York Times, and Deadline Hollywood Daily report that Wal-Mart has chosen to move to selling only Blu-ray discs. Their move follows similar moves by Best Buy, and other major retailers and movie rental providers like Blockbuster and Netflix. There's no way HDDVD can survive this blow.
"We've listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases,'' Gary Severson, head of home entertainment for Wal-Mart's U.S. stores, said in a statement. Wal-Mart said it will phase out all HD DVD offerings by June.
The hi-def war is over. I would expect that the two remaining movie studios that are HDDVD exclusive, Paramount and Universal, will reverse their position soon. So, expect hi-def versions of Battlestar Galactica to be released on Blu-ray in the not too distant future. Just a guess here, but BSG coming out on Blu-ray by Christmas makes sense to me.