And I perceive it as the opposite: NEC and Toshiba vs. the world.
The BluRay group includes essentially all the world's biggest companies in their respective fields:
* Dell and HP -- far and away the two largest PC makers on the planet
* Samsung and LG -- far and away the two largest CE mfrs. in Korea, the fastest growing CE making country on earth
* Thomson and Philisp -- far and away the two largest CE mfrs. in Europe
* Matsushita, Sharp, Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Pioneer -- basically the entire Japanese CE mfg. universe except for Toshiba
The HD-DVD group has a standards body that is so beyond irrelevant that there are still three different recordable DVD formats in the marketplace, one large CE mfr. that is doing this because they are still bitter than Time Warner brokered a deal on DVD that didn't give the world, and NEC, a company that is large and yet somehow really just not that important.
Obviously, it's going to be decided by the studios. But of those, the only own owned by a member of either camp is owned by Sony.
Leaving aside the fact that I'll join hands with everyone who feels that the next gen standard should indeed be multi codec and therefore leaving aside the religious wars about which one is better, explain to me how HD-DVD is going to win given the absolute paucity of hardware mfr. support. The BluRay group is going to build players and recorders no matter what. They are going to sell them to record TV. They are going to have pre-recorded movies from at least Sony.
And they are not going to all cave in and agree to pay monopolist's royalties to NEC and Toshiba.
There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.