1) The cheapest player available at bestbuy is a $299 Toshiba A2 -- the cheapest Blu-ray is the 449 Samsung 1200. Whether you buy the whole 1080p/i thing or not, the A2 isn't capable of 1080p, and the upscaling abilities of the 1200 are superior to the A2. There are also rumors of a $399 PS3, very soon. So, not quite twice as much (Although there are good deals on Amazon -- always worth checking!)
2) BD players are certainly offering fewer interactive features than their HD DVD counter parts. One has to make a personal decision on how useful or entertaining those features, of course. Personally, I can live without interactive extras -- give me some solid video and audio output! Waiting until Profile 1.1 players start arriving may not be bad advice, however.
3) This is silly -- either AVC/VC-1 are quality, efficient codecs (as people argue all the time in favor of HD DVD), or they're not. And while a few early BD titles had image problems, quality is more consistent now. Especially since the single layer BD is only 5 gigabytes less than the dual layer HD DVD. The actual percentages are: 57% to 43% single layer/dual layer, with an ever decreasing gap, of course.
4) There is some talk of the Samsung dual player coming out at 799 -- a very reasonable price, given the specs -- including features no other HD DVD or Blu-ray can claim -- hopefully it sees the light of freakin' day before Christmas!
I think most people would reasonably disagree with the statement that the current gen of BR players are obsolete because they can't do PiP or internet connectivity. These generation shouldn't have issues playing next years movies -- and IF your main concern is the best quality movie experience as defined by HQ pq and aq, then either format is a good bet.
Really, assuming you can't do dual format now -- just go with the format that has the movies you want to watch. Why else would you pick a format?
Originally Posted by rdjam
HD DVD is the best bet:
(1) HD DVD Players are half the price of BD players, generally, so less outlay and risk.
(2) For twice the money, BD players are only offering somewhat obsolete BD 1.0 specs today, and less features, generally, for your money. I certainly wouldn't advise buying a BD player until you can get a BD 1.1 compliant player for much less money.
(3) Even though more than half of Bluray titles coming out now are on Dual Layer BD50 discs, the majority of BD titles are actually on Single Layer BD25 discs. Almost all HD DVD releases are on Dual Layer discs, which mean more space for quality encodes and extras on most titles which have been released to BOTH formats.
(4) With dual-format players becoming much more common in the coming months, the price of dual format players will come down significantly next year. This means you can enjoy HD now with HD DVD, and, if there is still a need later, you can pick up a dual format player later on.
Some folks will take the "let them eat cake" approach and tell you that you should buy into both formats right now. If you feel the need to throw away some cash, you can, of course, choose to do this. But it's rather a waste, considering the only BD players you can get today are STILL the BD 1.0 players which are already obsolete. However, if you DO decide to do so, you're still better off in most cases by buying the HD DVD versions of any movies that are available in both formats.
Some here will disagree with ALL of this advice, of course... but more will likely agree.