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Why will consumers be forced to choose one high-definition DVD player format over the over? Why won't there be a universal player that would support all optical media formats? (HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD-ROM, etc.) I realize royalty rights would be an issue but it seems to me this would still be less expensive than having a dedicated player for every format that is created.
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Originally Posted by Andre Smith
Why will consumers be forced to choose one high-definition DVD player format over the over? Why won't there be a universal player that would support all optical media formats? (HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD-ROM, etc.) I realize royalty rights would be an issue but it seems to me this would still be less expensive than having a dedicated player for every format that is created.
The same reason theres not just one format.......greed by all involved;)

Instead of a universal, an agreed upon unified format would have been ideal.

Buy both ...and in the process, send the message that its okay to have format wars.
Buy one, and your also sending the message that its ok to have format wars when theres not even close to being enough support for one.
I guess that those that buy neither are probably sending the message all of these companies deserve.
Question is...do you have the will power to wait for a winner, or a possible universal some day....because I certainly don't. :)
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Earz -

To answer you question, yes, I will wait. I'm in no hurry to replace my 400+ DVD library. Besides, waiting means I'll end up spending less on whatever player I choose to purchase, including the one I want that hasn't been created yet.

I guess one of my reasons for this post was to find out if there are any technological reasons why there couldn't be a true universal optical media player?

Andre'
post #4 of 9
Because it will make the BR Cheerleaders Extremely unhappy!
Because it will make the HD-DVD Cheerleaders Extremely unhappy!

That is why not!
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Originally Posted by paintit77
Because it will make the BR Cheerleaders Extremely unhappy!
Because it will make the HD-DVD Cheerleaders Extremely unhappy!

That is why not!
Woo-hoo! We're cheerleaders now, a step up from fanboys for sure. :D

In response to the original question though, wait a few months and only one format will still be standing IMO.
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LG is considering a universal player for the late summer/fall timeframe.
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I will also wait. With upscaling DVD players, scalers and processors such as DVDO, the pictures that are currently possible still look spectacular to me. I see no reason for me to jump the gun quite yet.....maybe next year.....or the year after that. :)
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If the format war goes into one year without a clear resolution, the universal drive will
indeed be the solution that brings it to a halt. There is plenty of precedent for this to
occur. The "war" between DVD- and DVD+ ended with this compromise, and the various
competing audio formats for DVD have ended up as "signature litter" on players, i.e., a
bunch of little logos stamped on the front of the unit for all the different formats they
accept.

The idea that Sony and Toshiba will resist universal players to the death is nonsense.
The universal players end up paying royalties to everyone, and as the format war
wears on, the patent holders are going to prefer such a permanent "player tax"
over risking loss of their format dominance, or worse, a stagnation in HD player sales.
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