Originally Posted by bommai
You forgot that none of these online stores (Apple, XBox, PSN) sell HD media - only rent them. I am sure this is in part to protect BD sales.
Exactly. The decision for HD rental only appears to be the studios more than vendors...
For the high def nazi (like myself), I would never dream of buying the SD copy. If I was on the fence about a title I would never outright buy, I would be willing to preview an HD, especially if it can be ad hoc without the whole Netflix thing I am so past, much less going to a store. If I like it, then they'll gain
a BD sale. If I don't, I wasn't going to buy it anyway...
It doesn't take a hardcore person to realize that high def is better, particularly for action movies. For some movies (comedies, etc) the premium is less mandatory for many people and maybe "sales" could be loss... but these people have DVD which isn't too much more expensive and is permanently theirs and can be resold, if necessary.
And I forsee many of these people forswearing future downloads once they experience their first HDD crash.