As of January 1st 2008 a 1080P/24 3rd generation HD-DVD player is only $34.51 cheaper compared to a 3rd generation 1080P/24 BLU-RAY player.
A factory new Samsung BD-P1400 with HDMI 1.3, Ethernet port, and 1080P/24 support can be purchased as low as $278.49 with free shipping.
A factory new Toshiba HD-A30 with HDMI 1.3, Ethernet port, and 1080P/24 support can be purchased as low as $243.98 with free shipping.
When one compares the cheapest factory new 3rd generation BLU-RAY player with 1080P/24 support to the cheapest factory new 3rd generation HD-DVD player with 1080P/24 support then one will discover that HD-DVD players are only around $34.51 cheaper when compared to BLU-RAY players.
Of course there is a third choice in the format war now. Dual format combo players
A factory new Samsung BD-UP5000 with HDMI 1.3, Ethernet port, and 1080P/24 support can be purchased as low as $749.99 with free shipping.
The advantage of dual format players is one can play both BLU-RAY and HD-DVD discs and just collect movies again without having to worry about the format war. If dual format players become popular then consumers will start to replace all their DVD players with dual format players. The mainstream consumer is never going to purchase both a BLU-RAY and HD-DVD player for every room in the house. The problem with dual format players is when they reach the under $500 level it could cause both formats to coexist just like the Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio format coexist with universal players available.Currently a dual format player costs $227.52 more then owning two of the cheapest HD 1080P/24 players. Sometime this year most likely dual format players will cost at least $100 less then owning both a 1080P/24 BLU-RAY and HD-DVD player. A dual format player can be made cheaper then two separate players. The dual format player only needs one case, power supply, remote, circuit board, and many of the chip sets can be shared. Unless one format is able to secure 100% studio support dual format players will become the best solution for movie collectors.