Today is the official launch date of HD-DVD, with Toshiba's HD-A1 and HD-AX1 on sale. However you might want to phone ahead before you run down to your local appliance store - units are said to be in short supply and HD-DVD titles are scarce (only a handful have been released).

Personally I would wait for several months at the very least. Blu-ray is due for launch next month and this battle is only just beginning. My money is on Blu-ray but it's an open contest.