CES HD-DVD press conference canceled?

HD-DVDAlright, I know this isn’t technically gaming-specific news, but I’m making it fit since there IS an HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, and frankly, I like movies and this kind of stuff interests me.

As you probably guessed from the title, a short while ago the HD-DVD Promotions Group sent out an email to all the media invited to the CES announcing that they’re indefinitely postponing their press conference at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show due to the Warner Bros. Blu-ray announcement. The email stated:

"Based on the timing of the Warner Home Video announcement today, we have decided to postpone our CES 2008 press conference scheduled for Sunday, January 6th at 8:30 p.m. in the Wynn Hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We are currently discussing the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluating next steps. We believe the consumer continues to benefit from HD DVD’s commitment to quality and affordability – a bar that is critical for the mainstream success of any format.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on new developments around HD DVD."

Obviously the HD-DVD camp is reeling after Warner’s earlier announcement, but is this really the right move? HD-DVD hopefuls would have liked to see some word at the CES about what they have to look forward to–not see the promotional group hide in their booth. Is there any doubt after this announcement that HD-DVD is as good as done for in the movie market? If so, I wonder how much of a fight Sony would put up if Microsoft happened to release an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on…

How many people here bought the HD-DVD add-on for their Xbox 360, and if you did are you regretting it?


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