Sony recently made it official and announced delays in their Blu-ray drive shipments. Now the other shoe has dropped, and the HD DVD camp has a delay of their own. Warner Home Video was supposed to ship the first HD DVD titles last week, but that’s now put off until April. And only three of the original 20 will ship then, with the remainder appearing in subsequent weeks. Warner also plans to start shipping Blu-ray titles in July.
Warner still projects that high-definition DVD players will sell twice as fast as the original DVD players did in their first year, reaching 600,000 units by the end of the year. This does not include game consoles — Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — that could push the total into the millions.
I’m still not holding my breath for the arrival of any of these products; delay is the tradition in the optical disc market. And I definitely won’t be rushing out to be the first one to buy one when they do get here. I think we’re going to need some time to figure out just which way the wind blows on this one.