I think it all depends on the HD DVD customers themselves. If most die-hard HD DVD supporters follow through with their plans to buy up all of the titles they would want to watch during the coming "fire sales", then there won't be much of a market for the discs on Netflix.
Oh, and where's the poll?
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They will keep renting them. I mean how much shelf space does it really take to keep them. As they come back broken or scratched they will just phase them out and not replace them. If the demand for them completely dries up they may sell them, but considering the wait they have had to get them, they have already paid for themselves. In fact the surge of new Netflix accounts and new HD DVD owners from Christmas has just about every HD DVD in my queue on some length of wait (not like that before Christmas).
For those that don't watch it, Netflix is "agnostic" on the issue of format and will continue to provide anything consumers ask for, which is currently both.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baronís cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C.S. Lewis