Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
IMO you are putting to much faith and weight on new technology. Too many business's depend on the plastic disc. They will not be put out of business. Not for a loooong time.
Just because it can be done does not mean it will be done. Fact of business. Something new is unknown and a risk.
"The devil you know is so much better than the devil you don't know."
The same could of been said for companies that relied on VHS, audio cassettes, floppy disks, etc. Change happens and there is no way to stop it. Furthermore, the change has already begun. Compact media cards and USB drives are extremely popular. And we all know how downloading has taken off.
Companies are already looking for the next "cash cow." Perfect example, BDA and the HD DVD group. DVD has hit its plateau, so these companies are trying to develop a new format that will cause market interest and sales.
Adapt or die. If a company merely yells how much it relies on the "plastic disc," it's going to be soon bought out by a company that has evolved passed it.
Once consumers get a wiff of new technology that helps make their lives easier, they want more. Prime example, CD music sales. Do you think consumers care about a company's production of compact discs, when the consumer has downloads and MP3s? If the company tries to fight change, it won't survive.
Blu-ray and HD DVD are simply about storage. Truth is, there is much better storage mediums out there. The only thing keep them in the game now, is the price to storage ratio. A USB 2.0 thumb drive offers much more than either HD format, but getting a similar USB storage as the HD format, is out of the mainstream consumer's price reach. As the price continues to drop, the purpose of the HD format lessens.
All it takes is for a handful of companies to deliver what consumers want. If other companies don't make changes, they don't last.