Microsoft announced it would soon start selling hi-def video content through the brilliant Xbox Live online service - just as the Xbox HD-DVD drive goes on sale.
This is a hugely significant move. At the Best of Stuff Show, loads of punters asked me whether they should buy into Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. Now, I'm a huge fan of cutting edge tech, but I told them to wait - by the time the format war is over, most of us will be getting our video content from the internet. At which point Blu-Ray and HD-DVD just become recordable formats that are only useful if we decide to archive from the massive hard drives that sit beneath our TVs.
Well, it seems like the revolution is at our door. The service will launch in the US first, but it won't be long before we can rent hi-def movies without ever having pop another silver disc out of its case. test