Answering your CES questions: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

CBCnews.ca's reporters covering the Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas are letting you be the interviewer - ask us what you'd like to know about announcements or the buzz on the show floor, and our reporters will do their best to find out.

Claudio from Ontario asked: Will there be a definitive winner between HDDVD and Blu-ray any time soon? With certain movie studios only releasing films on one format, it's making the choice a difficult one. I haven't purchased a hi-def player as of yet because of that (... that and the thought of having to slowly start replacing my 100+ DVDs ...) I'd rather not purchase a dual format player, but I may have to consider it if this is going to be a long, drawn out affair.

Well Claudio, at this point, it certainly looks like Blu-ray has won. With the announcement by Warner Bros. on Friday that it will release movies only on Blu-ray, the supporters for HD DVD are few and far between.

Only Paramount and Universal are still backing HD DVD, along with Toshiba and Microsoft. Pretty much everyone else is behind Blu-ray. Toshiba is clearly stunned and did not mention any HD DVD plans at its press conference on Sunday.

Apple is also rumoured to be throwing its hat into the Blu-ray ring at Macworld next week. If that happens, it's curtains for HD DVD.

It will be interesting to see whether lawsuits and regulatory probes start to fly, as this was definitely not a battle that was settled by consumers - both formats were selling relatively well at retail.