Originally Posted by Zelda_fan
Do you know how quick studios can change their mind? It's not like they signed a lifetime exclusive contract to Blu-ray.
And like it's been stated earlier, just because HD-DVD "dies" doesn't mean blu-ray will sell well. Who's going to pay $500 for a player? Sure as hell not the average American consumer. How about a $100 player? Now you're talking.
As of THIS VERY MOMENT (not talking about what studios might or might not release 6 months from now), HD-DVD is not really any worse than blu-ray. Most movies are currently available on both formats. Now if Toshiba drops the price on the A3 to $100 and offers 7 free movies, and moves 20 million units, how fast do you think the movie studios will change sides?
The price is the kicker. They have a long ways to go before they trump DVD which is still like what, 99% of movie sales?
If HDDVD dies, Bluray isn't going to sell much better, especially compared to DVD. Most regular old folks I know don't care about HD formats. They just know that DVD has treated them well and been much better than dealing with VCRs that ate tapes, etc.