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A Netflix member who prefers HDM is more likely to be a high-volume renter who has every new release in his queue than the average member.
I say this because it stands to reason; people who own HDM playback setups are by definition more media-centric than the average consumer. People who've gone to the trouble of setting up an HD system and a Netflix account set to HDDVD or BD are going to be trying to rent discs early and often.
A logjam is inevitable. Local shortages are inevitable. Frequently-played and -shipped discs becoming damaged is inevitable.
The same thing happens with other special-interest items on Netflix. The Criterion SD-DVD release of "Two Lane Blacktop" has been on "VLW" in my queue for months. They're not going to buy a lot of copies of something that's more expensive than standard DVD releases, that has limited demand (relative to mainstream DVDs) and that may not be saleable as a used item (the jury's still out on BD and especially HD-DVD durability, and Criterion collectors usually prefer a pristine new copy).
This always happens with niche formats (which any format is when it's new). I remember when record stored didn't stock CD's. When video stores didn't rent Laserdiscs at all. When Hollywood Video charged extra for DVDs vs VHS.
One way or another, HDM will find its way into the mass market. Patience.
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