First of all, I will admit, this was a big blow for the BDA. I personally didn't see anything like this coming. But while we are at it. Was this the best way to spend $150 million dollars?
All the hd dvd fans have said that a sub $200 player will win the war. You could have had your sub $200 player. You could have sold 750,000 A2's at $99 bucks each. Or 1.5 million players at $199. Thats not even a cheap chinese player. I bet wal mart would have purchased everyone of those players in a day.
Software, you could have gone to blockbuster and put 5 copies of every hd dvd title available in each of their 2000 stores. You still would have had 75 million left over to subsidize software at amazon, best buy and circuit city. They could have sold 10,000,000 hd dvd's for $12.99 and made a higher percentage margin. I bet all of those retailers would have jumped on that.
IMHO, I think the money could have been put to better use. Those titles were going to be released on hd dvd anyway. Why pay for it???
I am not trying to spin this. It is a BIG deal that this happened. I personally wanted quite a few titles from Paramount/Dreamworks and I would have wanted them on Blu Ray.
I just want to know why the HD DVD forum felt this was the best place to spend the cash????