Good thing I only purchased a cheap HD-A2 when Universal did the switch, and I only own a single HD-DVD (Led Zeppelin's concert film... the blu-ray version which I also own has a glitch). One HD-DVD amongst my 100 blu-rays.... heh heh.
However, in retrospect, this format war has been good for blu-ray. I doubt we would have had the amazing 96KHz/24 bit blu-ray releases, or the extremely fast firmware updates from Sony if they hadnt been feeling the pressure. Also, the prices would probably have been much, much higher had there been no format war. And the HD-DVD camp really forced Sony to come with more features just to keep up. Fact is, the first blu-rays sucked, and the HD-DVD software was simply better. However, the bottom line is that HD-DVD does not have the bandwidth for truly amazing movies and soundtracks! Maybe most HD-DVD releases were better than most blu-ray releases, but the very very best blu-rays completely blow the very very best hd-dvds out the water!
In the end, I am stuck with some hardware (The HD-A2) that will be soon obsolete, and one HD-DVD that will be obsolete when my A2 dies, but so what.... It can join my laser disk player! I have no regrets.
I also dont understand how anyone could not see this coming. Bandwidth will always win! And hd downloads ain't going to cut it, until we have reliable 100Mbps pipes into our houses. Compressed video and audio is not good enough!
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