Sorry, but I'm not gloating. I'm not an early adopter. This will be my first player that supports, the to me, "New" formats
What prompted me to spend the extra was my noticing that DVDs have been getting more expensive while BR discs are holding their price steady, lessening the price differential. In general I don't go to the movies, and pick up new releases of films I want to see at the reduced introductory prices. About a year ago those prices were in the $14-$18 dollar range for DVDs and $25-$30 for BRs. Lately is seems as though new DVDs are in the $18-$24 range while BR is unchanged.
For those BR's that you want to watch but don't want to buy, Netflix has a fairly good, and expanding, selection of Blu-rays. Although they charge $1 per month extra for their BR service, monthly fees can be less than $10. (In our area, delivery is very prompt, usually within 24 hours.)