Grubert, btb - could you guys just frankly/briefly answer my questions instead of making your "little comments"?
...Seriously, though, - I was being honest in my questions - not cynical.
Grubert, I read the article - 2007, yes, - but 2007 is a long ****ing time. I was looking for a more specific guess-timation from those who knew the answers to the questions I posed before it. You see, starved and impatient high-def fans can't wait 3 weeks for HD DVD announcements at CES without going insane. I don't want to imagine how bitter BD fans will get (and justifiably so) - if they actually will be waiting to get Batman Begins all the way into the second half of next year.
As for my other questions - I need someone who's aware to just quickly, honestly answer them. I haven't been following BD's track-record of success or BD in general like many others have. So I'm truthfully curious. Is BD in a position where they could have Batman Begins authoring on a BD-50 tomorrow? And as easily/cheapily as it could be done on HD DVD? Or are there some hurdles (minor or major) that must be overcome to reach that point?
Last time I checked BD-50 yields weren't 100% perfect, costed a little more, were a little more difficult to make and were being subsidized by Sony for the studios to have something out there. Last time I checked, there was a very small percentages of BD-50 titles actually available or in the pipe-line. And last time I checked - advanced BD authoring tools like picture-in-picture were either non-existant or just being introduced.
Again though, I'm just being honest here. That last paragraph I just wrote was NOT being cynical or snide to BD. That's just honestly what my understanding of the BD situation is/was. But maybe I'm a confused nut about that stuff and more developments have been made.
So could somebody please help me out here?