Celebrating the loss of HD DVD's? That's just plain dumb!
I can't understand why anyone would be happy about the demise of the HD-DVD format and I for one am hoping that Microsoft & Toshiba and the few remaining Studios backing this format can find a way to revive it so that it survives as long as the Blu-ray format does. I realize that at this time such a statement seems far-fetched and against all odds, but I'm in total agreement with the writer of the post "We should hope they survive!" Why? Well can anyone explain to me what the benefit(s) will be to us consumers if one format wins out over the other? I personally can't think of one beneficial outcome to us end-users should either of the formats fails. Obviously they'll be substantial benefits to the manufacturers of the players and discs since without the competition of a competing format they'll be able to charge more for their products and they won't be pressured to continually upgrade their technology to keep pace with the competition. But how does that equate into benefits for us consumers? The simple answer is that it doesn't. Then why are there so many people celebrating the (pending) demise of the HD format? That's the one aspect of this whole format "war" that has perplexed me from the beginning!
Why should it matter to Consumer "A" who happens to prefer the features available on the Blu-ray players and disc's, that Consumer "B" prefers the HD format over Blu-ray? As long as they are both available for the consumers to make their own choice over which technology they choose to purchase, why should "A" or "B" care what choice the other is making, or what choice Consumers "C", "D", or "E" make as well? Do normal people get angry with their neighbors because the one on their left owns a Ford while the neighbor on their right owns a Toyota, while they happen to be driving a Chevy? You never read about people getting upset or angry over something like that or what model oven or refrigerator others are buying. That would be pure silliness and thus it rarely if ever happens.
Yet when you read the countless posts that have been written in the last year or so regarding Blu-ray versus HD formats, the opposite is true in way, way, too many cases. It's almost as if people become 'crazed' when the subject of the competing formats comes up and as a result we've created this false belief that it's either got to be one format or the other or no new format at all. That's a pretty sad commentary on the introduction of this new technology and in the end run is only going to cost us consumers more for less.
As someone who owns both an HD player and HD discs and also a Blu-ray disc player and Blu-ray discs, I find this whole format "war" bordering on the ludicrous. Both formats offer fantastic video and audio quality and I would have been content with only having to purchase just one (either one would have done) of the formats instead of purchasing both. But now my savings account is lighter by about $500 while some "Fat-Cat" retailer is laughing all the way to the bank clutching my money in hand, and yet there's still thousands of eventual consumer's out there celebrating the almost certain demise of one format over the other.
So please allow me to ask this question one more time: "What exactly are you celebrating about?"
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