I want that receiver....
As for HDDVD v. BR, there are the two powers that everybody seems to discount, and experience and history tell us that these two powers always win: inertia and Microsoft.
Inertia: Joe Shmoe doesn't care about resolution, disc capacity, or even, in this Best-Buy-dominated-retail-landscape world, price. He cares about what he recognizes. "Ah, then Sony wins!" you think. Nope. DVD is bigger than Sony, and DVD wins -- HD-DVD. Thinks Joe: "DVD revolutionized my home theater experience; HD-DVD is the high-definition successor to DVD--hence the name; thus HD-DVD will re-revolutionize my HT experience. That Sony is always trying to get people to move away from standards with their crappy proprietary formats (MiniDisc and MemoryStick, anyone?). When will they learn?" I predict HD-DVD will have major market penetration simply because they won the naming convention. Pull a Jay Leno on the street; people will probably tell you that DVD is an "official" moniker, like its licensed from the government. And they are gonna think the same thing about the Hi-Def version--whether it actually is or not.
Microsoft: A Blu-Ray drive in a Windows box will cost more, and require 3rd party software, because Microsoft doesn't want BR to win, because Microsoft wants to protect the Xbox. You can count on it that more pre-built machines (from everybody but Sony) will ship with HD-DVD drives than with BR drives. People will have to go out of their way to get a BR drive. Interia--people don't care about that crap. Thinks Joe: "And since I have an HD-DVD drive in my PC, I want an HD-DVD player, so that I can author and re-author my own discs and then play them on my big ass TV! And I'll get grandma one, too, so I can send her hi-def videos of little Joe Jr!"