Yes, there will still be 2 formats by the end of 2008
Yeah, it looks bad for HD DVD right now but nothing is set. Remember, consumers have loyalty to the formats, studios don't. Warner, Fox, and Disney could choose at anytime to go HD DVD. It's really not out of the realm of possibility.
Paramount is locked into contract to HD DVD throughout the year and Universal is fervent on it's backing of HD DVD because they truly believe it to be the better format. So it's easy to see that those 2 will keep HD DVD above water for the year. HD DVD player prices will continue to go down and Toshiba is spending alot on advertising (including the Super Bowl), so they're not giving up.
I own both formats and I still see HD DVD as the superior format. The interactive features are better, the players firmware upgrades are better(some early Blu players don't even work with new discs) and some of the discs on both formats are better on HD DVD as Blu-Ray is know to be more difficult to develop for. It's also a better upconverting player for regular dvd's, of which I've seen with my own eyes.
In the end Blu-Ray may continue on and win and I've settled that in my mind. The ultimate solution though is for companies to keep making dual format players and make them more affordable. Then whatever happens, adopters of either side have a good solution.
I was asked if HD DVD will survive the summer and I absolutely believe it will. I wouldn't be suprised at all if we were here again next year asking the same question.
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