I agree with you on this, if we let Sony win this battle, we will be under their thumb which is what they want. I can see high prices for Blu-Ray disk, and players if they knock out HD-DVD. I have never liked Sony, to me their products are high price, and no better than other brands that are much cheaper. They are the Japanese Company who's CEO said that American workers were lazy and that we were a lazy country. From that day, I vowed to never own any Sony equipment. I bought a XBOX because it was just better than the PS2, but if it were not, I still would have purchased it. The XBOX 360 is better than the PS3, it has outsold the PS3, but both have not sold as well as the Wii. I read here on Cnet that in the past week the Blu Ray has taken 90% of the market, but what they fail to tell you is that most people have not purchased either one, and the only reason that the Blu ray has that distinction is the sales of the PS3 which has a blu ray player built in. We are not talking millions of units here, only in the mere thousands and that over the whole country is nothing. They assume that if the major movie companies like Warner says they are on the blu ray band wagon then Blu ray will win, but again, right now blu ray is not selling very well and most people are simply buying the movies in regular DVD format. I asked a sales person at Circuit City and he told me they are not selling hardly any blu ray, and in fact was selling more HD-DVD simply because the players are much cheaper, but most sales are still regular DVD. Even if a larger percentage of movie companies go blu ray, people do not buy movies by who the movie company is, they buy it for the movies they like and if they like a movie that only comes in HD-DVD, and maybe one in BLU ray, they will purchase the DVD version because they are not going to buy two players. I always said the way around this is make a player that plays both then both can survive. If that happens, and HD-DVD disks are much cheaper to make, guess what will happen, eventually movie companies will start making movies in both formats and see which sells, even if they are the same price, if it is even, then they will go with HD-DVD simply because they will save money on the cheaper format except of course movie companies owned by sony. I say just make a player that reads both and let both be on the market. I bet eventually there will be more HD-DVD disks eventually from the companies that are not owned by Sony and that is the way to beat sony.
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