|So this brings me back to my original question...are the flipper hybrids very expensive?
relatively speaking my guess is yes.
|Does this do anything to dull the cost benefits of HD-DVD.
depends if studios go with them.
My problem is the spin. The PR makes it sound (and some people that have been HD-DVD gullible) like all HD-DVD will be 2x2. If that is true then HD-DVD has no cost benefit and is most likely a more expensive then BR.
Unfortunetly no one has published the cost of the 2x2
PS we are talking in replication cost. So unlike the idiots that think BR is much more expensive so means 20$ to replicate for disk (there was somneone pushing that number) much more is talking nickles and dimes.
my guesses and from where
LG said BR <2$ DVD=.80$
my guess packaging on a DVD is almost 1/2
BR<1.60 DVD .40$ (packaging costs more)
BR needs new infrastructure, so that must be at a much higbher degree in BR
BR replication .80$ (50/50)
DVD=.40 -> HD-DVD SL =.43 (toshiba said it is a few penies more) , HD-DVD DL .60 (I think someone said it is around 50% more then DVD and 40% more then SL)
Onthe other hand all the replicators are building new lines that cost raughly the same
so my guess
SL HD-DVD = .43+.80+.40=1.63$
DL HD-DVD = .60+.80+.40=1.80$
2x2 HD-DVD = .60+.40 +.80+.40+ x=2.20+x
why for the 2x2? simply I see at as two DL disks, yes the new HD-DVD lines will be DVD/HD-DVD but they can't produce each 1/2 because it takes a long time to swictch from one to the other. So I imagine (pure guess) that each 1/2 will be done on a different line and then assembled together, so the cost of each 1/2 should be higher then each of the whole (extra inneficiency and all)