Originally Posted by AthlonXP1800
The real reason that Blu-ray prices go up not because of HD-DVD death, it actually because of very weaking US dollar due to US economy slowed down Bush just announced now.
At today exchange rate, the US dollar is now worth $1.00000, the $1 bill could be worthless anytime soon when it fall again. If it fall in 2 weeks then I can get $5 for just £1 or $1 for a merry 20 pence!
As the players and movies are not manufactured in the USA, and prices for all the items have gone up worldwide, your reasoning doesn't hold much water.
The likely cause is that BD prices were being subsidized during the format war, and now the parties involved are trying to recoup some of the losses.
While Blu-Ray has won against hd-dvd, it doesn't look like it is gaining much traction against plain dvd. At the price point, I don't think it will either.
On a tangent, the HDi emulator used for making/testing interactive content on hd-dvd's is now free http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2...-now-free.aspx
You can now make dvd-9 dvd's with interactive content that will run on hd-dvd players.