Exactly, fire 407!
As long as Blu-Ray existed only on paper, it looked superior to HD-DVD. 50 gigabyte discs with modern compression and large studio support. I wanted that!
But the launch changed my opinion completely. I am not and never was a "HD-DVD fanboy", all I am interested in is image quality. And as long as Sony stays stubborn and sticks to MPEG2 on their 25 gig discs, there is just no way they will be able to deliver better picture quality than HD-DVD. Add to this the bad mastering and high prices compared to HD-DVD. Except for studio support, which has yet to pay off, there is no single logical reason to buy Blu-Ray.
It is sad. On paper Blu-Ray is still superior but if they can´t deliver BD50, they could lose. Sony did drop the ball on this completely.
Probably because of greed, using MPEG2 and because they underestimated the complexity of DL-discs and the importance of quality control and mastering. Now they have a lot of catching up to do.
The only thing I´m wondering:
Will any of this matter in a year? Will the ordinary consumer notice/know any of this or just buy into the sony marketing machinery?
IÂ´m from Austria so ignore bad spelling and grammar, please. :)