Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD? Maybe, but as I see it, for watching movies at home, there may be better options for the average person. For example, Apple TV, which will let me download regular-def or high-def movies at the click of a button. Sure, the resolution won't be as high as Blu-Ray or HD-DVD, but it will be quite good. And, with software updates, such devices easily upgrade themselves to offer new features or better performance.
Once the Apple TV Take 2 software comes out in the next couple of weeks, I will be able to rent movies from my sofa in high or low def (with 5.1 sound) in addition to what I can do now: stream music, videos, movies or TV shows from my computer library, watch theatrical trailers, and view photos. This small box does a lot, takes up little space, and wirelessly interacts with my network. And I'm only using the Apple TV as an example; similarly oriented options from other manufacturers exist now, and I predict more will come.
Why should I spend money for yet another dumb, one-trick-pony disc player, continue to go to the rental store for the discs, and run the risk that the stupid thing is obsolete in a year? (Or, if not obsolete, broken, as manufacturers cut quality to cut prices). New technology, yes, but old methodology. How many of us have plain old DVD players that are gathering dust, broken after just a couple of year's service?
I, for one, won't be adding either to my system for a long time. For the hard-core video collector or high-def addict, there's probably value, but I think even for those people, disc-based systems will eventually be surpassed by other technology.
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