Many of us slowed or stopped our DVD purchases completely when the HDM were getting close to rolling out. The last time I purchased any significant amount of DVDs was in December of 2005. I harldly bought anything in 2006 and received one title as a gift on Christmas 06.
I bought DVDs at a fast pace since the beginning of the format. Some have a lot more than me, but I know a lot of people who just slowed downed or quit completely. Their reason: Why buy this now when HD DVD or BD is going to be better? I'll just wait.
Enter the format war. Here is where the studios and the CE industry screwed up. Instead of getting together and settling their differences to enter the market with a unified format like Sony and Toshiba did back when DVD was formed, both sides refused to back down. All sides were to blame, neither was more looking out for our interests over theirs. They knew HD media had the potential to be long term standard and growth potential was huge.
The problem is that due to their arogance, that some consumers made the wrong choice and are now stuck with players that will be lucky to get content in another year or so. I was going to go HD DVD on more than occassion but I just thought it was too big of a risk (players were between $400 and $600). I truly feel sorry for those that made that kind of committment.
In December of 2006 I found a PS3 and it was $600 at the time, but I figured if BD failed I still had a console that Sony was going to support for a few years and I could sell it without it being a total loss. It just made more sense and at the time the only last holdout was Universal.
I don't think that at that time any of us thought in the end it would be Warner Bros making the swing vote in the format war. My how things changed in that one year.
It's time to put the war behind us and move on. The real enemies are DVD and HD-Lite downloads. If you truly want quality you need a physical medium and there are just too many obstacles for downloading.