Year it was supposed to blow: 2006–
What happened: After Blu-ray beat HD-DVD for the industry standard high definition video disk, Hollywood hoped it would go gang busters. Not exactly, while Blu-ray sales did increase greatly after HD-DVD threw in the towel, last year, a study from NPD group showed sales starting to dramatically slow. Analysts said the cause was the lack of 3D television sales and the fact that more people were downloading movies than ever before. Both of those reasons ring true, as does the fact that new DVD players now upscale to make regular ol’ DVDs look sharper than ever. But even DVD sales are on the decline. The MPAA needs to face the fact that the future of portable media isn’t a physical disc.