Originally Posted by velvethammer
wow with almost a million players....hd-dvd is surely not gone....but it sure is being ignored...i wish i have 1 million guaranteed customers for what i sell for a living.......
Originally Posted by trinibwoy
Problem is that one million is nothing compared to the tens of millions of current and future blu-ray owners.
1. How many MILLIONS did Home Beta have when they lost to VHS?
2. How many LaserDisc owners were there when it lost to DVD?
3. How many MILLIONS did 8-track have when they lost to cassette?
4. How many MILLIONS did vinyl or cassette have when they lost to CD?
I know that only the first example is a good analogy, but still the other three are good examples of what happens when the populace decides on a new "standard". The old standard becomes irrelevant.
When VHS won, Home Beta became IRRELEVANT. I say Home Beta, because for many years after professional beta (like home beta on steroids) became the standard for the Broadcast TV industry. Every edit bay at every TV station in the country was stocked with beta decks. Your home beta movies wouldn't play on them -- but it was the same format tape.
Still for the general public, Home Beta was irrelevant because they couldn't get any new movies to buy or rent. The format was just not supported. As HD-DVD is now irrelevant. Paramount just announced they are NOT going to even release the Bee movie in HD-DVD as they had promised.
They said they have released their last movies on HD-DVD ever. Good bye!
See, it's starting? Only the movies already released on HD-DVD will ever exist. BUT, all those movies and more will be on Blu-Ray!
Just like 8-track tape players. You can still buy 8-track tape players on eBay. And you can still buy some old 70's era 8-track tapes. But why? You can get the same music PLUS everything else on CD or mp3.You can probably still buy LaserDisc on eBay and a few old LaserDisc movies -- but why?
HD-DVD owners are in the same boat. They will never have any movies made past 2007. They will only have the few movies that were released for the format. There will never be any more HD-DVD movies. But Blu-Ray owners will be able to get EVERY movie. Every movie that was released on HD-DVD (even "exclusives") will also be available on Blu-Ray now that the contest is over.
And how many movies you watch do you actually want to own? I have a few but I RENT much more. ALL the new HD movies down at Blockbuster or Netflix will be Blu-Ray.
Bye bye Beta, hello VHS!
Bye bye HD-DVD, hello Blu-Ray!
Originally Posted by Fast351
Just bought 11 HD-DVDs from deep discount. That's 11 movies I will never need to buy on BR. Screw Sony.
OK, I'm not one to bash a bargain hunter, but eventually you WILL have to buy a Blu-Ray player if you want to own future HD movies past 2007. (And I'm totally dismissing those pie-in-the-sky HD movie downloads. Most of those are HD Lite.)
So, if you have to buy a Blu-Ray player eventually -- are you going to have all those player hooked up to your TV? I have limited shelf space myself. I have limited inputs.
So, you are going to keep that obsolete HD-DVD player just to watch those 11 movies? Whereas every other movie will be played on your Blu-Ray player? Nah, the HD DVD will go to eBay and the Blu-Ray which plays all the movies you need will take that shelf space.