Originally Posted by rveras
Hardware yes and only because of Blu-ray existed. When the A2 was released the MSRP was $499.99. The price was then set to $300 later on just to keep competing with Blu-ray. I personally believe that if Blu-ray never existed the HD-DVD players would have cost about the same as the Blu-ray players right now. Second software replication was cheaper but prices at the store were the same as Blu-ray discs so for the consumer HD-DVD didn't have any software price advantage over Blu-ray.
The only reason I think HD-DVD lost was because the BDA did a better job at marketing and also Disney/Fox released more blockbuster movies towards the end. If it wasn't for the commiment of Disney/Fox Blu-ray would have been dead by now I think.
I agree about the Disney issue. If you have done alot of reading on the subject, this is apparrently what swung Warner
HD DVD player sales spiked in November with the price drops from Toshiba through their retailers. Because of this growth in an HD DVD base, Fox studios began considering offering their content on HD DVD like Warner. The Bluray group tried to keep Fox inline with being BluRay exclusive. In order to keep Fox, BluRay made a drastic move and offered Fox 130 million to stay wih Bluray and $400-500 million for switching o BluRay only. Supposedly, Fox would have switched if Warner had stayed neutral.
I get tired of people saying that Sony is willing to do anything to win the format war. If they were will to do anything, they would drop a dedicated BR player to below $200 like Toshiba.
Of course the biggest loser in all of this was the consumer. When you think about it, all these payoffs to studios over the last two years could have been used to lower the price of BR and HD DVD players. Think about it. 1,000,000 / 4 million player = $250 less per player.
Or think of it this way. The BR group could have used that 650 to cut prices on BR player around $400 to $199 for about 600 million and moved 3 million more players. I think a bluray player at $199 would sell out quickly. With 3 million more units in homes, it would demand studio attention and they could have won the war. Toshiba could (and seems) to be trying this strategy. Unfortunately, I believe it is too late. I think the mistake they made was moving HD-A3 prices back up to $299 after the crazy november specials. If they kept them at $149 during the holiday season, I think things would be drastically different now. Great Idea Toshiba, lets drop the prices now when every is busy paying of christmas credit card bills and the government is warning of recession.
I agree with Robert. I think streaming media will take the place of HDM in the mainstream. I hear people gripe about bandwidth not being able to support it. Most cable companies that I have seen already can with their own services with HD movies on demand. The other people forget is that the large majority of HD displays out there are either 1080i or 720 and not 1080p. I have seen that one service is now being to offer stream HD.... at 720p. It is all about perception in the end and less about solid knowledge of technology.
I have a 92" screen and could notice the difference. How many folks with a 32-37" widescreen are gonna notice that much of a difference between 720p and 1080p. .... not many. Heck most people have convinced themself that 1080p HDM is not all that better than 480p DVDs.