As a regular Blockbuster renter, I usually rent New Releases. I am also interested in High Definition. Back in 2005 I looked at which studios were supported by which format. It was very heavily tilted towards Blu-ray as having more studios that could release titles Day and Date in high def, and the fact that Universal had a horrible 2006 lineup and not much great going into 2007 made my decision very, very easy. I budgeted the cash to get a PS3 at launch to view Blu-ray movies. Knowing that supporting both formats with my cash would only prolong a war, I decided to not buy into the HD DVD format at launch and see what happened in 2006 and 2007. Money drives business and if you don't support a product, it will fail. This is a tough choice because there are quality titles by Universal that I want to watch, but it just isn't good for a QUICK resolution to this war to support both formats.
For me, its all about Day and Date, New Releases and big titles. Catalog titles are just not widely appealing, especially for disc sales. I mean, high def is great, but I'm not going to go and repurchase most movies I already have on DVD, and most consumers also follow this trend. Blockbuster is following this trend and its the right thing to do for this format war. Yes, it sucks to have to pay a price premium for the hardware and a spec that isn't polished and complete, but seriously, its not a huge price premium at $300 vs. $500, and the 1.1 Spec will go into effect in a few months. That's not to say that Blu-ray is the final answer, but split studios means taking a stand for the group of studios that are going to put out more movies that you want to see. For me, that means Blu-ray, and consumers are supporting Blu-ray at about 65% of the market, month after month. I'm just happy I'll finally be able to rent the Blu-rays in store instead of just using the online thing.
How do you go low? A SVS PB10-isd and a Cerwin Vega LW-15, that's how I go
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