A quick update on events occurring overseas even as I type this; specifically, in reference to my previous post on the Blu-Ray issue.
Today, Paramount Pictures formally announced that it too would join the Blu-Ray club. Which means that all the major Hollywood studios now support Blu-Ray exclusively.
The link below leads to the website article explaining things clearer than I even could.
Consider HD-DVD in the same way you would the Dodo or the Tasmanian Tiger.