I'm glad you guys feel the same way about Sony and Paramount. While I am pleased with Sony technical specs of their new releases, I thought for sure they'd be showing DaVinci Code and the Spiderman series. Sure, they could still release those in 2Q or even 3Q, but you'd think they'd be trumpeting it at CES.
Here's what I think is going on. Thier first releases on BD were so poorly received that they are in the process of "re-doing" a lot of what they had planned. It's going to take a little longer for them to ramp up again.
Paramount, like I just posted in another thread: I like their product, but their offerings are a joke. Next year they oughtta save the money and stay home from CES.
So what's next? My bet is that late 1Q or 2Q, we'll start seeing the detail of 2G units from Sony, Pioneer, and Panasonic. No need to blow the whole wad right now.
The BDA is clearly dealing with CES from a position of strength. At this point, it is impossible to knock out HD DVD. So they've saved some ammo for ater in the year as counter measures for anything HD DVD can attempt to throw at them. It's clear HD DVD is in catch up mode now. I still think HD DVD will stick around solely due to Microsoft's involvement, but I don't see why anyone would buy that format right now other than to get Universal titles on a cheap player. And if it keeps up like this, it's only a matter of time before Universal cannot stay away from BD.