Originally Posted by krinkle
Blu-ray is completely dominating! This war may very well be decided by the end of 2007.
Its never too late for an HD-DVD fan to make the switch to support the winning format.Oh, I updated the original post too! check it out!!
HD DVD Supporter: Has it ever occured to you that HD DVD supporters are very happy with their format and do not want to change?
BD Supporter: Well they should because BD is the better format.
HD DVD Supporter: How about the fact that the PS3 accounts for 97% of all BD player sales?
BD Supporter: Well that won't always be the case. After HD DVD dies, players will come around.
HD DVD Supporter: Come around how? BD is a lot more expensive to manufacture. So, given sales of PS3, maybe we are then talking then about the PS3 being 99% of all BD player sales? After all, if HD DVD goes away, there is no incentive for BD player manufacturers to lower prices. The PS3 is highly subsidized. And, as the price of the XBox 360 (and Wii) drops, so does the price of the PS3... Assuming PS3 does not drop in price sooner because it currently is not selling very well...
BD Supporter: Well the PS3 is a great BD player, but there are always features that people want that the PS3 does not provide.
HD DVD supporter: Like what?
BD Supporter: Well....
HD DVD Supporter: Do you know only 25,000 standalone BD players have been sold since introduction?
BD Supporter: Well then why are all the studios supporting BD?
HD DVD Supporter: They have been offered incentives to support BD, coupled with the fact that they believe that the PS3 will sell like crazy. Why else would they? Sony is a movie studio as well. Why would a movie studio support it's competitor's format? Answer - subsidies... Sony is losing lots of money fighting this war. Don't you think they will want that money back at some point, like when HD DVD dies?
BD Supporter: But then why are all the CE manufacturers supporting BD?
HD DVD Supporter: Because of their IP in BD: First Meeting of Blu-ray DiscTM Patent Holders Held
(Denver, Colorado USA - 20 July 2006) - MPEG LA announced today that the first meeting of essential Blu-ray DiscTM patent owners, consisting of 17 companies, was held in Los Angeles on July 6-7 for the purpose of creating a joint license providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to essential patents, as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Participating companies included CyberLink Corporation; Dell Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hitachi Ltd.; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; LG Electronics Inc.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic); Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Pioneer Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; TDK Corporation; Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.; and Warner Home Video Inc.
BD Supporter: OK, but BD has increased capacity and bandwidth.
HD DVD Supporter: Everyone on these boards says HD DVD has great picture and sound. BD is only now starting to equal it. It is hard to believe BD will surpass in sound and picture. How can you surpass what we are seeing on HD DVD? So this is not an issue.
BD Supporter: But BD-50 will allow for more extras.
HD DVD Supporter: Consumers like their extras on a second disc. Makes it seem like they got more for their money. And a second disc is really not an inconvenience. 5 hours of uninterrupted video is not realistic for the average consumer.
BD Supporter: Who care? If BD can provide all this, why not go with that?
HD Supporter: Because it costs way too damn much to replicate. You think that hard coat comes for free?
BD Supporter: But movies cost the same as HD DVD movies. So who cares? It's immaterial.
HD DVD Supporter: You should care. If HD DVD goes away, you will be shouldered with Sony's debt for this whole format war, and extra disc costs. Toshiba hasn't spent much to develop HD DVD; on the other hand Sony has spent billions on blu-ray development.
BD Supporter: Well, over ten years, that will be amortized, so that discs will not cost much. We won't see that in stores.
HD DVD Supporter: Wanna bet? BD 50 costs a fortune to make. BD 25 is very expensive due to hard coat, and has less capacity than HD DVD. BD 50 is only manufactured by Sony...That does not bother you?
BD Supporter: No, because Sony is a great company. And so they deserve my money.
HD DVD Supporter: Have at it then...