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"baffling statement about future of Bluray by a Blockbuster store manager":
Well, Blockbuster is sinking faster than ever, so I would not hold much stock in anything they say or do at this point.
There is no question that most of the marketplace cares far more about convenience & cost than quality, which is sending lots of folks towards streaming and away from optical media, especially expensive optical media. I also first got into HD optical media via HD-DVD, but disagree that anything would have been much different or any better had Toshiba/HD-DVD won the format war. The only significant difference would have been that Sony would be once again shut out of royalty payments related to optical media & players. As it stands now, Toshiba still gets royalties for DVD, so they get paid for every blu-ray player licensed and sold (since they also play DVDs) + many of the blu-ray titles sold, since they seem to include a DVD in a great percentage of the titles. Not too bad for the company that "lost" the war imo.
And in my personal experience, blu-ray titles are far more reliable than hd-dvd. A fair number of my hd-dvd titles have failed over the years, mostly due to Warner choosing an incompetent manufacturer for many of their titles.
Time will tell how this shakes out, but I still want the best quality I can get for my home theater viewing and listening pleasure, and blu-ray media remains our best option for that.
A long-time audio/video addict!