Originally Posted by Elwar
The thread in the HD-DVD forum is pretty funny, I don't think studios really care whether you buy all your movies on one day or not. A show of support pales in comparison to the actual figures when all is said and done.
I've said it before, but HD-DVD fans are the most devoted (or perhaps devout is more apt?) I've ever seen. A significant number, especially the more vocal, tend to like the companies/format instead of the movies, IMO. Actually believing that HD "deserves" to win.
That said, its not necessarily a bad quality - just a little scary - but you wouldn't see me touting principles as my major motivation to give away hard-earned money to multi-billion dollar corporations.
I don't support Blu-ray partly because of the crummy start it got off to. The utter laziness of the initial releases said to me that they really didn't care enough about the product they were offering to get my money, and that's stuck with me ever since.
To have a format with half the disc space, half the exclusive studio support, and that costs half as much trump you in picture and audio quality at any point in time is completely inexcuseable, in my opinion, and the more expensive format had better have a damn good reason for being more expensive, especially to such a degree.
A second reason is that I don't make a lot of money, so I have to pick and choose what I spend it on, and to this day, I've been more impressed with what I've seen from HD DVD than Blu-ray.
And yet another reason is HD DVD has more movies I want to see. The only ones I'll be missing out on are the Spider-Man movies, but I can't come to terms with paying the money it costs for a new player when I can just pixel-map my Superbit DVDs.
On a side note, is there a 1st gen BD player with analog audio outs? I honestly don't know, but that was another reason I went with the A1.
I hope this post came off as respectful and not trollish. I don't think any of you are idiots or anything for choosing Blu-ray, I just wanted to express that I have my own reasons for not supporting it, and they aren't as pointless as taking an ethical stand against Sony for being a dirty company. I still just haven't been impressed with the format is all.