Originally Posted by apodaca
Attention to the high prices of Blu Ray that is. There are far more cheaper titles on HD-DVD when cheking out the movies at Best Buy for example and the stand alone players are also more expensive than the BR ones. So these titles migh also increase awareness for the 'other' format when at the store.
I don't think software prices are much of an issue. When shopping online (and I think most early adoptors will shop online, once they got the player), prices are almost identical. You can find HD DVDs for $20 and $30 and you can find BDs for $20 and $30... not much of a difference there.
However, I agree on the player prices. People would much rather buy a $500,- player than a $1000,- one. Although I fail to see why people are complaining about $1k players. Good Laserdisc players have been over $1k for many, many years. The first DVD players from Sony were over $1k as well. Toshiba was slightly cheaper at around $800,- IIRC.
Sony will have a cheaper player this year and there's always the PS3. While the PS3 is no accepted by many, I think it's the best performing player out there right now.
What both formats need to really make people run out and buy hardware is must-have titles like LotR or Star Wars. Once those arrive, I think people won't care anymore if they pay $500,- or $800,- for a player, as long as they can have the movies they truly want.