Originally Posted by markrubin
why don't we all be format neutral?
In the long run, we'd be better off if one format wins and support consolidates around one format. That is why DVD was successful. Imagine if Sony and Philips didn't compromise just before the DVD was launched.
In the short run, I would admit the war has pushed both sides to step up their game, whether in pushing down prices or in the backlash Sony Pictures have gotten. Plus Blu-Ray should know they can't be complacent and take their time with BD-50, BD-Live or integrating advanced codecs.
But really, we need to let the market judge a winner sooner rather than later so that studios can concentrate on releasing content for one instead of dribbling out releases tentatively. One format will help with economies of scale for component suppliers and the overall HW supply chain.
I'm pulling for Blu-Ray to win because of greater capacity, greater bandwidth and better writable support. Plus it's closer to getting universal (not Universal
) support. I also believe that studios need to target BD50 for their encodes rather than targeting for HD-DVD-DL and using it for both formats.
However, I will accept HD-DVD if it gains broad market acceptance and gets universal HW and SW support. Prefer one format, either one, than the status quo of both formats fighting each other, when we should just get one format to drive HD adoption. That will get studios to transition from DVD to HD and release more content.
So I don't think format neutrality or buying both formats is the answer. Plus at best, this approach can only be taken by a small percentage of the market -- affluent enthusiasts willing to spend more money than most consumers. IOW, there are not enough people to support both formats. In fact, there may not be enough willing buyers to support one HD optical disc format (despite the expected 30% US household penetration by the end of this month). This could be LaserDiscs all over again.