|Originally Posted by Huey|
You'd think Sony learned after their Betamax fiasco. Sometimes better does not mean it will succeed. VHS is worse quality but because it's cheaper (machine and tapes), it won with Betamax fizzling out. HD-DVD will make it and Blue-Ray will be a niche product.
|Originally Posted by AnthonyP|
also the niche idea does not hold if one format takes the lead the other is history
|Originally Posted by thedeskE|
As much as I hate the reality of it, HD will win because of the tooling change over involved with BR. Cost per unit is much lower with HD.
|Originally Posted by Jimbo Moran|
Not a factor. Also "much lower" is quite an exaggeration, this is currently Toshiba propaganda. It apperars to be working.
|Originally Posted by Josh Z|
Even if one format "wins" this format war and utterly destroys the other, the winner will still be a niche format in comparison to standard-def DVD. When laserdisc and CED went head-to-head, CED died a painful death and laserdsic went on to survive for 16 more years, but LD never took over the mainstream of home video from VHS.
Outside of forums like this, there simply aren't enough consumers who give a crap about high-definition or have the capable televisions to watch it on.
|BB, Sears and CC will all have a HD DVD set up going to show the difference trying to sell those HD DVD players.|
|As opposed to the steady stream of Sony propaganda about how much more secure their format is?|
|Outside of forums like this, there simply aren't enough consumers who give a crap about high-definition or have the capable televisions to watch it on|
|Originally Posted by Kid Red|
I don't see it that way. These players will be super expensive, and the library will be small and expensive as well. So this will be a niche for both camps for the first few years. However, you throw PS3 into the mix, and all of a sudden you have thousands of people who now can play BRDs. Those thousands upon thousands will be curious and buy a few disks, etc. The PS3 is the trojan horse that will get Sony the trophy. Assuming the BRDs aren't $35 and the PS3 does in fact play BRD when it's released under $500.
The sad thing is, is a lot of people may hold off to see from both camps. I want a PS3 regardless of BRD, so I won't touch HD-DVD until I see PS3. Toshiba has already pushed back it's player release, and ti;s library is pushed back as well. If Toshiba releases a $1000 player and PS3 comes out 2 months later at $500, it's over.
|The cost of br,contrary to what was said here, is astronomical compared to hd disks.|
|There is also the fact that microsoft is in with toshiba now and lets see how many computers are run by sony software?|
|The next xbox will also have toshibas hd as a option early next year|