Thanks to a flurry of recent release date announcements, Blu-ray appears to be catching up to HD DVD -- at least in terms of titles that are currently scheduled for release by the end of 2006.
HD DVD still retains its early lead (with 53 studio-released titles currently available vs 34 on Blu-ray), but with more new discs announced for release on Blu-ray between now and the end of the year than on HD DVD (40 HD DVD titles vs 52 Blu-ray titles), HD DVD's title count lead appears to be narrowing.
And while both camps are sure to announce more titles in the coming days and weeks, HD DVD is at a disadvantage now that two of the format's biggest distributors (Warner and Paramount) have begun rolling out Blu-ray editions of their films, while two of Blu-ray's biggest distributors (Disney and format backer Sony) are releasing titles *exclusively* on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) appeared to be kicking their efforts into high gear last week, details about Sony's Blu-ray enabled PlayStation 3, due in stores this November.
Titles Currently Available on Blu-ray (as of 9/5/06)
Titles Currently Available on HD DVD (as of 9/5/06)
Release Schedule for Upcoming Blu-ray Discs
Release Schedule for Upcoming HD DVD Discs