Originally Posted by SamwisetheBrave
Jeez, can you guys never
understand this point!
Like many, he bought his Xbox 360 a year ago. It is a SUNK COST. If you add a cd player to the car you bought last year, it DOES NOT cost you $20,250. That is $250 for the player and another $20,000 for the car!
Hi, guys. I'm a new AVS poster, though I'm a long time lurker. While I'm excited about HD, for various reasons, I do not own either format at present. I just want to clear up a few outlandish pieces of FUD, deflections and strawman arguments I've seen tossed about in this very thread.
First of all, the above quote. The HD-DVD buy-in price for the average American consumer is $500. The HD-DVD buy-in price for an X-Box 360 owner is $200. These are very different numbers, considering X-Box 360 owers represent only a small percentage of the population at whole. This is why it is apt to state that the HD-DVD buy-in price for the average consumer is $500. What the price is for a niche group is, while relevant to some degree, not representative of the buying public.
Second, I'm taken back that some of you can claim that CES was a clear victory for HD-DVD. I can only assume that some of you are employees of Toshiba or Microsoft, and in that case, I think it is very unfair for you not to be stating this up front to clear the air. HD-DVD did not announce any new software titles. We knew about Matrix and Harry Potter beforehand. They threw out an unsubstantiated 300 figure that you would rightly laugh off if it had been put forth by BD. BD, however, announced numerous titles and gave street dates. BD studios like Lionsgate and Fox reaffirmed their commitment to BD. While I agree that this is not a clear cut victory for BD, how anyone can claim that this was a win for the HD-DVD format is beyond me.
Finally, I noticed a couple posters here state that HD-DVD really does have the support of all the major studios because they (these posters) are perfectly fine watching Disney, Fox, LG and Sony movies in SD. Nevermind the fact that this could just as easily be said for BD with regard to Universal titles, this is a non-argument. Neither format will survive without the eventual backing of all
the major studios. Although you may be happy only watching present HD-DVD supporting studios' titles in HD, these companies will not continue to make titles if the format dies. This should be self-evident. Of course, you will always have your HD-DVD player to play the movies you already have, but this is not indicative of who will win the format war.
The bottom line is this. Ultimately, HD-DVD cannot win
the format war without the backing of Fox, Disney, LG and Sony. BD cannot win
the format war without the backing of Universal. At CES, I saw Fox, LG (and Sony, of course) reaffirm their strong commitment to BD, which included titles with street dates. I saw Universal sitting strangely quiet in HD-DVD's corner.
How one format performed in 2006 is irrelevant. It would have been relevant if the figures had persuaded a studio to change sides or become neutral, but this didn't happen. Now, all that is pertinent is which format has the most potential. Since neither format cannot survive without the backing of all the major studios, and since BD is closer to this goal than HD-DVD, many on here are making the logical assumption that BD has more potential.
Please understand I am not a BD supporter. As I stated at the outset, I do not own either format at present. I just wanted to *hopefully* interject a bit of sanity into the discussion. I'll step off my soapbox now.