In a move shocking to absolutely no one, Netflix has confirmed that very soon they will no longer be offering HD DVD movies for rental through their system. The official date is set for December 15th. For those who have already queued movies up and may still have them queued in HD DVD format, Netflix will be substituting regular DVDs for those.

Since the “death” of HD DVD, many companies that adopted early, including Netflix, have been wondering what to do with the inventory they'd acquired that was quickly becoming useless. Netflix isn't mentioning if they will be selling off their HD DVDs, particularly since they plan to stop selling used DVDs in the near future as well. They might end up just trashing all the media, which could be costly.