Just a question.
Why do the studios care so much about who wins the HD format wars? They own the content. So no matter the winning format, whether it be Blu Ray, HD DVD, downloads via internet, HD VMD (yea, I know, no chance!), Flash drive distribution, or any other formats/methods, why do they care? Anyone that wants content needs to go through the studios regardless of format. Studios should just offer the content to as many formats as possible to maximize their profits and reaching as many consumers as possible. Just like how video game studios get games on as many formats as possible (ie. EA games on PS3, X360, NDS, Wii, PSP, PC). What is wrong with that approach? Why force consumers to choose between Blu Ray player, HD DVD player, or any other HDM media player/hardware? I'm sure the under the table money that WB, Universal, and all other exclusive studios got is the real reason why they choose a side. If the video game industry can survive and thrive with the same content being published on all the different systems/formats, can you seriously make me believe that the same can't be done with HDM! If it can be done with games, it cannot be the productions costs. Everyone watches movies! Not everyone plays video games! Movies are way cheaper then games (including HD versions of movies)! Not to mention the cost of making a game is now exceeding the cost of shooting a movie. And look at how much the video game industry has exploded!
Why did DVD sales go down? Certainly not because of HD DVD or Blu Ray! With more and more people renting DVDs online, watching content online (youtube, dailymotion), and playing video games, who is going to buy DVDs? The consumer has a finite amount of money and time to spend on entertainment! And with the number of forms of entertainment increasing, and the amount of consumer time and money staying the same (esp. with todays economy) it is an obvious conclusion that DVD sales will go down.