[quote=John Menoni]At first I was neutral, just wanting the best product to win. I did lean toward HD-DVD just because I don't like Sony. I jumped to the HD-DVD side when I saw that the players were less than half the price, and the releases and PQ were better. When I saw that the PS3 was dissapointing and the sales were less than expected, and that the porn industry seemingly leaned toward HD-DVD, I was very confident that HD-DVD was going to win the war. After going with HD-DVD, I'm dissapointed with the releases of the last couple months. Every time I go to the HD-DVD area on DVDempire.com, it's the same releases over and over. QUOTE]
John -- I would have to agree with you. I have been a staunch HD-DVD supporter from the beginning-- and I'll go down with the ship probably---but this is playing out like the fable of the tortoise and the hare-- with Sony being the tortoise and the Toshiba the hare!
Toshiba got out of the gates (no pun intended) early with their product. After rapidly fixing some firmware bugs-- the got great press and support from this forum's members-- myself included. I was excited to build an HD-DVD collection and replace any SD-DVD's with their HD-DVD counterparts.
Sony on the other hand -stumbled and bumbled its way through the summer and into the fall. Their release of their player was always just another month off-- little did anyone know that they were really hoarding the blue laser diodes for their launch of the PS3.
There was plenty of HD-DVD's released over the summer and into the fall and I found myself buying some almost every week.
But now here's the catch-- that no one on this forum--neither Robert at VE or Amir at Microsoft or anyone at Universal or Warners can explain. Just as Sony was putting out the PS3 and its players in December and ramping up release of Blu-Ray movie disks-- the entire release pattern of new HD-DVD media STOPPED! Yes there have been a couple of disks released each month in Dec & Jan -- but a complete reversal of the release pattern of Aug-Nov.
It was clearly the time to push out as much high demand catalog material as possible -- Back to the Future, the on-again-off-again Matrix trilogy, etc. The opportunity with the release of the outstanding hardware in Toshiba's G2 players was calling for a massive blitz of HD material-- but all that has been announced is promises for later in 2007.
I think when you examine the calendar-- we may be talking about at least a 4-month dry spell (Dec-06 to Apr-07) when NO HD-DVD material was released with wide mass appeal like Batman Begins, Superman Returns, V for Vendetta, MI3, etc.
Will this gap of nearly 1/3 of a year affect the final outcome. There are some on the forum that discount such a gap so early in the race/release of a new format. I on the other hand feel that the CE community will look back on this dry period as the reason that the Blu-Ray association could seize the press attention at CES2007 and beyond and recover from what should have been a series of fatal engineering and marketing decisions.
By the time more HD-DVD material enters the retail chain, Blu-Ray will have a significant lead in sales. And I'll bet that alot of HD-DVD owners consider purchasing a 20GB PS3 for Blu-Ray play as a backup.
I wont disguise how I despise Sony as a company for bribing the various movie studios not to let the free market determine if HD-DVD or Blu-Ray should be the winner. But I'm disheartened by the lack of media now-- the exact argument that Sony and the Blu-Ray association has put forth as why they will win-- is exactly the condition that Toshiba, Universal, and Warners have given them.
Talk about playing into someone's pocket. So while Universal sleeps on the sideline, Sony will pass it by and cross the finish line. What a crummy turn of events.