Ben's back from death's door, so we propped him up in front of the mic and recorded a podcast. In case you hadn't heard, a couple of big format war shots were fired right into the already-wounded HD DVD format; this time courtesy Netflix and Blockbuster. We'll see soon enough if this has an immediate effect in the VideoScan numbers, but HD DVD had a respectable showing last week. We suspect overall volume of HDM sales is down right now, and with non-announcements like we're seeing from both sides, it's understandable. If Samsung Blu-ray players have you mad enough to sue, then take a look at Apple TV -- the HD's not as good as HDM, but it's not bad, either. Just don't get your hopes up for the photo browsing. We rouse the audiophile rabbles by saying images trump audio, but let's face it -- people are more willing to spend money on eye-candy than ear-candy. Finally, the WGA strike is finally over, so use the "Ask Engadget" feature comparing DirecTV, DISH, U-verse, FiOS and cable to help you decide where you're going to get your HD programming from.

Get the podcast

[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3).
[RSS] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically
[Zune]Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace
[MP3] Download the show (MP3).
[Vote] Vote for us on Podcast Alley!

Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh and Steve Kim

Producer: Trent Wolbe

Program
01:07 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 071 - 02.8.2008
02:03 - Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD DVD soon
05:33 - Best Buy's pushing Blu-ray to the front
06:58 - Nielsen VideoScan High-Def market share for week ending February 3rd, 2008
10:32 - Warner's 2008 Blu-ray release plan
14:22 - Universal nixes plans for non-combo Land of the Dead / Dazed & Confused HD DVDs
16:28 - Samsung sued for defective Blu-ray players
19:58 - Sizing up Apple TV's HD
28:15 - VUDU review: the HD perspective
30:18 - Video is more important than audio
35:13 - Ask Engadget HD: Does cable, satellite, or fiber provide more HD?

LISTEN (MP3)
LISTEN (AAC)
LISTEN (OGG)