Originally Posted by miata
My real concern is not so much new titles where the price gap between SD and HD is not so great. I'm just wondering if there is a business model to motivate studios to press all those catalog titles to HD media.
The big collectors will already have purchased the SD version. I think is is only going to be the hot classics that people will "double dip" for that will be converted to HD. The remainer may likely stay SD DVD only. I think this transition might be slightly different than the one from VHS to DVD.
Exactly, It's the software prices that are the big issue for HD optical. New DVD's are not too far away from *some* of the new HD costs but DVD's quickly get very cheap once they are no longer new releases.
This is one reason it could ultimately be a loss to us as consumers if no combo format ever reaches critical mass. The combo format while hated for it's early price points is probably the best chance for HD to ever really catch up to standard DVD.
The 'trojan horse' strategy may be needed more for the software than it is for the hardware. Combos could sneak the software into the market by getting included in with DVDs.
If BD defeats HD-DVD can it then defeat DVD by getting J6P to replace all of his software and hardware? It's took quite a while for DVD to pass up VHS and get to the point where DVD's are now so widely available at low prices .
Unfortunately the economics of combos/twin disks may never allow to them to move from early adopter prices to mainstream volumes which is the only way it would make sense for a studio to lower the costs on combo/twin disks.