Mainly to the Microsoft guys:
For years I have been creating my own multichannel music on my Windows PC -yes a PC, not a Mac, such a rogue I am - with 5.1 or greater mixes in mind. The content creation apps are there for Windows and are quite good.
Yet the closed media formats, licenses and royalties for "surround" encoders, and high cost of authoring(burning) tools has made it very difficult for the consumer/prosumer to be able to do a relatively straightforward thing: create surround music, encode in high fidelity (better than AC-3), burn it to a disc, and pop that disc in a AVR disc player.
Is there an opportunity here for HD DVD, like HD DVD formatted WMA encode on DVD-R for example? Or even better yet, a real live I-can-buy-it-now set of software/hardware/av equipment that will let me accomplish this? Or will my high fidelity multichannel music forever be hostage to my Windows PC?