I came into it late, in the sense that I pretty much knew the format war was lost.
I bought my HD-A35 just around the time that Toshiba punted. I was always going to go to both formats, and planned on an Oppo 83 (which I got in 2010). I figured that I could get a reasonably priced HD-A35 (around 250) and load up on very cheap very good movies.
So during the time when people were dropping 30 to 40 dollars on blurays, I was getting a library of about 300 titles (including 300), for about 4 dollars a piece. They are now mostly MKV's, played through an Oppo 103D, but I still play an HD-DVD every two weeks or so, and enjoy it as much as I did originally.
I really enjoyed the format, and have the discs still. The only weakness, and it's due to the time of printing is that about half have lossy audio, but it doesn't really take away from enjoying the movies.
I figure it's about the movies, so HD-DVD really worked out for me.