Blu-ray gets the Blockbuster vote

We're not going to call it just yet but things aren't looking great for HD DVD in its battle for hi-def disc supremacy.Toshiba's recently lowered its

We're not going to call it just yet but things aren't looking great for HD DVD in its battle for hi-def disc supremacy.Toshiba's recently lowered its targets for sales of its HD DVD boxes and now Blockbuster in the US has just announced that it's all but dropping the format from its stores in favour of Blu-ray. That means shelves will be stacked chocker with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (pictured), but rental fans looking for an HD DVD version of King Kong or Superman Returns to fill in a boring Monday night will have to look elsewhere.Why is that so significant? Well format war watchers will recall that the siding of video shops with VHS was one of the factors that eventually signed the death warrant for doomed Betamax tape.The move's not been based on an idle whim either; Blockbuster reckons less than a third of its hi-def rentals were HD DVDs with 70 per cent of customers opting for Blu-ray.We're not seeing any white flags from the HD DVD army yet, but we may well see a few enticing price cuts before long – here's hoping.Essentials Related stories: Tosh says: HD DVD all round! No Blu-ray for Xbox 360 LG dual disc spinner is UK bound