Originally Posted by tsd2005
I own a chain of stores. It's in my best interest to subscribe to as many different things as possible that includes VIDEOSCAN where the numbers are there for anyone. We get NDP numbers as well. So I have both software and hardware numbers, and from the looks of them Mr. Adams was not lying, but stating hard facts.
I believe that DVD sold 300,000 units or there abouts in it's first year with a 2 month head start on HD-DVD and I believe HD-DVD matched it at worst, so yes it's been fastly catching on. Understand that it was so fast that Studios jumped from DIV-X, and we will see that too.
Since you own a chain of stores, I think you would see that the format war is really hampering hd sales. People are ready to buy something but are wary of making a mistake. I also have a friend who owns 120 screens and 30 video store in a distant state, he tells me the same thing.
We are not in a position to have these two formats both thriving in the marketplace.
You seem to think that the consumers have somehow chosen HD DVD. I think they have chosen "none of the above".
Last summer, HD DVD had two months in the marketplace before the Blu-ray launch, and then had several additional months during which Blu-ray's reputation was a mess due to their infamous launch problems. HD DVD had about six months to make their case.
Aside to AVSforum early adopters, the consumers ignored HD DVD last summer and fall. HD DVD had the market rather to themselves, and they failed to make their case.
While I have always supported format neutrality, that is not the way it has worked out.
It is time to make some decision about which format to select. I suspect what we are seeing from many of the studios is just this attitude: it doesn't matter which one, just do something.