Is Blu Ray going to be the Betamax of the 21st century? I knew maybe 3 familys that had Beta back in the early 1980's. All swore it was better than VHS, and it was; but it never caught on with most of the viewing public. This would seem to negate my above question: End of the format war and future prospects On January 4, 2008, a day before CES 2008, Warner Bros. (the only major studio still releasing movies in both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc format) announced that it would release only in Blu-ray Disc after May 2008. This effectively included other studios that came under the Warner umbrella, such as New Line Cinema and HBOthough in Europe, HBO distribution partner the BBC announced it would, while keeping an eye on market forces, continue to release product on both formats. This led to a chain reaction in the industry, with major U.S. retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Circuit City and Canadian chains such as Future Shop dropping HD DVD in their stores. A former major European retailer, Woolworths, dropped HD DVD from its inventory. Netflix and Blockbustermajor DVD rental companiessaid they would no longer carry HD DVDs. Following these new developments, on February 19, 2008, Toshiba announced it would end production of HD DVD devices, allowing Blu-ray Disc to become the industry standard for high-density optical disks. Universal Studios, the sole major movie studio to back HD DVD since its inception, said shortly after Toshiba's announcement, "While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray Disc." Paramount Studios, which started releasing movies only in HD DVD format during late 2007, also said it would start releasing in Blu-ray Disc. Both studios announced initial Blu-ray lineups in May 2008. With this, all major Hollywood studios now support Blu-ray. However, stranger things have happend. After all, VHS ruled the school for over 20 years. Honestly, I don't care how much better, clearer, or whatever they make the picture. I really don't need to know that David Letterman has large pores on his nose. At this point, all I want is a guarantee that I won't have to buy another F'g gizmo that costs $200+ just so I can watch American Gigolo and Rudy.