Originally Posted by GmanAVS
but it is to late to stem the Blu tide unless Toshiba can get Disney or Fox to go TL51 purple (and that is a pipe dream right now)
No my friend it is not too late.
It's just some people are out making a lot of noise to persuade you as if it were.
The Blu-ray 'project hydras' are out in force at this moment trying to convince everyone that that is the case but it doesn't make it so.
Even by the BDA's recently released numbers in almost 2 years Blu-ray has sold 6 million discs to HD DVD's almost 3 million discs.
But the total annual movie disc market was 750 million+ last year alone.
Blu-ray don't even have 1% of the total movie disc market.
It's ahead of HD DVD, for now, that's true but by any credible assessment we are talking 'drop in the ocean' stuff here, not a tsunami tidal wave of anything.
This is all so very early in the day
(it's simply a fact that high def remains largely invisible to the mass-market - and even HD TVs are a minority of the total TVs out there in private hands).
HD DVD is on the right strategy now, cut prices and get the hardware out there to lure buyers with deals later.
It's not only sensible but surely sane to accept the fact that SD DVD will continue to be (by far) the biggest seller for years to come and to position HD DVD to compliment it.
HD DVD also has the ace in that the Twin disc & (to a lesser extent) the combo ensure no-one gets left behind as the move to high def happens.
The Blu-ray side pretend that doesn't matter but of course it does.
Anyone who ever took a movie round to a friend or family member's house knows it matters
(especially if it's someone almost guaranteed never to bother with high def).
Patience guys, when you're this up close to it all it can seem like things ought to be happening yesterday but in the wider market it's not like that at all.
Who remembers that Betamax was once believed to be the winner of the 1st video format war cos it had the most support from the movie studios?
They will end up following the money, regardless of their initial positioning, whatever happens.
HD DVD has plenty of practical reasons left yet for it to take off.