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|Originally posted by Sommers
WAs at CES last week. Spoke at length with a very knowledgeable Pioneer tech---The technology you are referring to is called "Blue Laser"-----I believe---Pioneer showed a prototype in their booth---problem is that (according to Pioneer) this is YEARS away from the mass market-----They were showing a cool looking box/deck about the size of your typical component---BUT apparently the large cabinet it was sitting on wasn't just a show pedestal.----it was needed to house all of the electronics needed to power the deck---so, sounds and looks like this technology has a lot of work left
|Originally posted by peterd
...or we'll turn blue before the lasers!
I happened to see the Zenith unit at the show, but didn't bother tracking down the others.
I've said this before, but I think it bears repeating. Here's what I think, unfortunately, we're in for...
DVD sales are really taking off. Just as with cassettes & CDs replacing LPs, DVDs are rapidly replacing VHS as the pre-recorded medium of choice. People will replace (or augment) VHS recorders with DVD players and buy new copies of material on DVD.
The manufacturers of both hardware and software (increasingly one and the same thanks to mega-mergers) want this to continue. Therefore, even though the technology for HD DVDs is within sight, they will hold off on their introduction for several more years (at least 5 is my guess) until sales of DVDs level off.
Just my $0.02... :)