Originally Posted by BillP
I wouldn't go by the Samsung $589 price as an "average" BD price (the Samsung is selling way below list since it is a total disaster). Other stand-alone BD players range from $1000 to $1500 list. If the LG is a decent player, nobody is going to buy a BD-only player anymore (except for those with $2000 SD DVD players), unless they drop their price dramatically, whereas the HD-DVD players, at a much lower price, will still sell.
I do not think the Samsung is an average price just as I do not think that $1000 will be the average price when/if the LG is released.
I just find it hard to think that LG WOULD release a dual format player at a price point below the price of the average BD player. It just doesn't make sense to do it since early adopters would pay MORE for a dual player than they would for a BD player alone. If they did do that, BD players would also have to lower prices to remain competitive.
There is no doubt that the dual format player could kill either of the two formats. I think it is unlikely to do that in the near term (1-2 years) because it will not get to a price point where it will overtake standalone HD DVD or Blu Ray sales and as a result, studios will still distribute content using two different formats.
Once more studios start going neutral or switching sides to one format or another then the future will become clearer. Neutral = both formats living for a while, Switching = one format dying.