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It will stay that way as many have moved beyond tape/optical disc based recording/timeshifting and onto hard disc based recording etc.
BD has an advantage over DVD due to it being primarily designed as a recording format. The importance of it's recording capabilities is for the future to decide, I don't dare to presume to know what will happen by say... 2012.
But many don't have PVRs, many are still VCR+DVD. The point was not about DVD and recordability but that the early days 97, 98, 99 you had to have a VCR if you wanted to record. When did Tivo come out (99? 2000?), I don't remember (and most likely don't know). My point was for a good chunk of DVDs existance a VCR was still a requirement in the home. So giving up on VHS for DVD was not an option.
in essence I will give a few examples
1) 1997 guy has VCR and tapes shows and has 30 tapes (some bought movies, some taped movies, some from camcorder), if he replaced hisVCR by DVD-- he could not tape any more, he could not watch his 30 tapes. In essence he had to keep the VCR connected
2) 2006 guy has a DVD player and VCR they can move to BD player and VCR and nothing has chhanged except they added BD movie watching, they can still watch their tapes on VCR, still record to tapes on VCR and still watch DVDs on the BD player
3) 2006 guy has a DVD player and HDD PVR they can move to BD player and PVR and nothing has changed except they added BD movie watching, they can still watch shows on PVR, still record to HDD on PVR and still watch DVDs on the BD player
4) 2006 guy has a DVD recorder, in 2006 US/CANADA they still need the DVD recorder but BD recorders have already been anounced and once out the BD recorder can replace the DVD recorder and all will work as before.
my point was VHS stayed so long because it had some benefits (watch VHS tapes person owns, recording) that would not be available to him with DVD. Giving up on VHS was hard on most people (how many replaced a dead VHS player after they owned a DVD player because they did not transfer the family movies or still wanted taping?)
My point is DVD vs BD has no such thing going for it. I am sure most (if not all) of us disconnected our DVD player when we added HD DVD or BD to our sets