I watched Meet Joe Black on my A2 the other day. Looked good, sounded good and played without a hitch.
I recently started "converting" my HD DVD titles onto an Ultraviolet account through VUDU/WalMart. Anybody else doing this? I have ~ 90 - 100 titles and was originally thinking of ripping them to a HDD as others have done. I had paid no attention to Ultraviolet until a couple of weeks ago and decided it was worth a test run, so carted some of my HD DVDs over to WalMart and now those titles are in the cloud. I haven't spent much time viewing them critically though think in general the HDX are pretty good renderings but not quite HD DVD or Blu-ray quality. It's really a mixed bag from the audio standpoint as to what you might get with any title, though most of them are at least in 5.1 and these kinds of things actually get upgraded at times. While my discs are still playable and my A2 is still functioning, films like 2001: ASO I will undoubtedly play preferably from the HD DVD, though the ability to play an HD rendering of these films virtually anywhere is well worth the $2/disc to me, as well as offering a form of future-proofing to the titles I own. I started looking what it would cost to buy new BDs for some of these and this is extremely economical, so much so I've actually just bought some more HD DVDs off fleaBay to take in to convert and it doesn't even matter if the discs play correctly.
The downside? Well, there is some loss of quality compared to the physical media but not enough to bother me over the discs I own, especially as I can still play those discs at present. There is some chance that this whole UV thing will go away some day, though I still will have an option to download them from UV too. Another bonus is that family members who are living away at college can view titles we have in the cloud, as well as I can when traveling. Unfortunately some great titles like An American Werewolf in London and The Deer Hunter are not (yet?) available on UV, so I may have to learn how to rip those. As an aside I've also upgraded some of my DVDs to HDX and those are a noticeable improvement in video quality, though again the audio may or may not be what is available on HD DVD or BD. In the process I've picked up 22 free titles signing up with the various other streamers (e.g. Flixster), though they are all SD they are still DVD+ in quality at 480p.
I still think HD DVD should have won the war and still enjoy a lot of great flicks I picked up. I don't own a lot of BDs and some are impressive, though overall I would say I'm more impressed by a number of HD DVDs I watch then BDs I've seen. I wonder why that is?