The Warner studio announced yesterday that they will stop releasing new HD DVD discs at the end of May, and thereafter release on Blu-ray (and standard DVD) only. This will leave only two major studios still supporting HD DVD: Universal and Paramount. This apparently caught Toshiba (which makes most HD DVD players) and other HD DVD industry people by surprise. They've canceled HD DVD related press conferences and other press events scheduled for the beginning of the big Consumer Electronics Show which starts tomorrow. It's kind of amusing reading the hysterical reactions on AVS Forum, particularly in this thread. The HD DVD supporters are wailing and gnashing their teeth, and the Blu-ray supporters are gloating and saying "We told you so." Although I've been watching HDTV for over two years now, I held off for a long time on buying into either format because I'm not a big movie buff, and I'm not into the current movie scene. I have a lot of DVDs, but they're old "classic" movies, German movies (my wife teaches German), TV-show reissues, classical music, opera, and railroad-hobbyist videos. Finally, at the end of October I bought a HD DVD player because I had a chance to get one really cheap ($99) in a pre-Christmas sale, and because the first season of Star Trek came out on HD DVD in November. I've since bought some other HD DVDs (the Harry Potter series, and some older movies like Casablanca and Forbidden Planet). Ironically, just before I came home and read about the Warner announcement yesterday, I had bought five HD DVDs at a "buy 3 get 2 free" sale at Best Buy. So now I know how the people felt, who bought into Betamax instead of VHS in the 1980s. I knew I was making a gamble, and there was a good chance HD DVD would lose, but I didn't think it would happen this soon. Oh well. At least I didn't pay too much for the player, and I can still watch my current discs on it until it dies. My first DVD player from 2000 or thereabouts still works, so I'm optimistic about that. I'll probably even buy some more discs in the clearance sales that are sure to happen. When enough stuff comes out on Blu-ray that I really want, and prices of players get cheap enough, I'll go that way, but I'm in no hurry just now.