|Originally posted by elicross
That isn't necessarily true. A good example of a similar situation is video games. X-box releases have similar packaging to PlayStation 2 releases. As long as there is a way that Blu-Ray and HD-DVD can be told apart, brick and mortor stores should be able to handle the confusion. And if the distributors take advantage of the fact that films can be released as a dual HD/SD release, there will probably be only one disk for new releases -- SD-DVD on one layer (or two) and HD on another.
Good example, but they are different. Many titles available on xbox or PS2 are available on both. Plus each system has their advantages which would lean some consumers to one and some to another.
As far as movies go, most consumers are NOT going to buy two different players that for all intents and purposes do the same thing. There are a lot of people out there who already have a hard enough time figuring out which side of the dvd goes up. Now they have to go out and buy two different players and go shopping for two different formats, then go home and remember which goes in which player. Let alone, at the store they know they want to buy "The Lion King" and look in the HD-DVD aisle and don't see it. Wait, Lion King is a blu-ray title. Now they have to go over there and look for it.
Unless studios are planning on releasing a blu-ray and HD-DVD version of the same movie, I just don't see Best Buy, etc. carrying both formats for more than a year or so. I also don't see the studios wanting to make both.
I think we are in for a really annoying ride with this one. For those early adapters who don't care about the cost, will buy both and reap all the benefits of them. Then eventually when one player survives, they will be set. For those of us who are sitting on the fence to see which one will win out because we don't want to spring for two players will just have to keep waiting until one of the players in the game finally gives up.
I want to adopt early but I'm not spending $500-$1000 each for 2 players. I will wait until there is one. I also don't want to choose for instance technology X because it is carrying Lord of the Rings then find out Star Wars in coming out on technology Y. Unless I can get all my favs on one player, I guess I will just have to wait on the sidelines and be jeoulous of those who spent $2000 on 2 players.