All of this is driven by our old friends, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. It's not only fear of making the wrong call in an uncertain situation. That's not a big deal- we do that so often in this forum. We buy movies we end up hating, we buy gear that ultimately is not worth it. But this is more, and we know it.
Most of us are now waist-deep in the sunk cost fallacy
. We put money in hardware and software, and the only way out of it is to spend even more money in more hardware, or just cut your losses and go back to DVD (hey, all
studios support DVD! I'd forgotten about that!).
I thought about making a poll, but I think an open thread would be more constructive.
As you will probably know, I own HD DVD but ultimately consider Blu-ray to be the better format. A combination of region encoding, console delays and poor releases pushed me towards HD DVD a year ago.
I was seriously thinking of getting either a PS3 or a Blu-ray player (BD-Live compliant, please) late in the year. I hadn't bought any HD DVD titles for months. Now the Paramount announcement has stymied me (so if someone did pay off Paramount, congratulations: it worked). What to do?
Of course, as I already have the Tosh A1, I'll probably go back to ordering some content (Kubrick and Blade Runner, here I come!) but for the rest, I'll be sticking with SD DVD. That Branagh Hamlet DVD release suddenly looks very appealing...
1) My reaction: absolute surprise
2) Outcome: quagmire, permanent ultra-niche status for HDM. Downloads win.
3) I was going neutral, but not now. I may buy some HD DVD content.