Originally Posted by amirm
Nope. I am asking people to not confuse dream with "potential". One of the top replicators told me privately that DL BD is "science fiction" and they are one of the ones producing discs for BD companies! Of course, you are free to assume I am making this stuff up.
I realize that in your mind I'm the universal BD supporter with the exact same opinions as everyone else, parrotting whatever the BDA says. But, I'm not.
I don't think DL BD-ROM exists outside of trial runs
I don't think it will be anything more than a curiosity at format launch.
But, how does what a replicator has in their hands TODAY mean anything for a year or two from now? Go back a year. A year ago people were using the same argument for BD entirely. Wasn't SL BD-ROM science fiction? How many lines were installed?
Go back and read MY posts. I've consistently said that DL BD-ROM is no more needed from launch as TL HD-DVD would be. And I've debated this fact with other BD supporters.
As for your curious anger against retooling costs, how come replicators don't follow the same equipment depreciation concepts of other businesses? The entire computer industry would be in a sorry pickle if computers didn't tend to become doorstops after they were depreciated.
How is the likely slooooow mass conversion from DVD to HD discs such a big deal for replicator capital costs? Sure, billions in the end. But, they wouldn't they have spent billions replacing old DVD equipment too over the same period? Because the old machine would wear out, wouldn't be upgradeable, or have to be updated for the company to remain competitive.
Can you give us a sense why you and MS care so much on this point?