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If BD survives and HD VMD surplants HD DVD then BD will be a niche elite fromat much like LD with titles costing $40.00 plus and players staying in the $500 area. If HD VMD or HD DVD really catch on (because of price) then all the studios will support the one that survives and it will become the de facto HD format! BTW, I read somewhere on this forum that HD VMD can do lossless audio and also (no sure) DD+, but not TrueHD.
If HD VMD is marketed with some ingenuity then it could easily beat both HD DVD and BD, since neither of them can wrap their respective minds around how to market their products.
Here's a scenario - 1080i HD VMD players for $149.00, upscales DVDs, software for DVD prices, exccellent video and good audio (most consumers will consider it excellent) for both HD and SD DVD, free firmware update to PC DVD drives, subsidize sofrtware to attract customers if need be, and generally hold the consumers hand while he/she makes a non-threatening transition to HD VMD.
What's scary for many here is that for most consumers DVD is "good enough" which is a question often asked by BD supporters about HD DVD - is it good enough! I currently have both and find from what I've seen that SL (see Kris Deering's review of Firewall) and DL HD DVD and SL and DL BD titles I've viewed to be wonderful. The mass consumer, who thinks DVD is good enough, will absolutely love HD VMD if it's cheap and easy (the entry fee is right)!