You are arguing against yourself!
As you say, Beta was marginally better than VHS, but had shorter play/record times, and that was what killed it. (I know, I was there and had to make that choice myself for a higher education institution).
While Sony had shot itself in the foot with proprietary formats, at this time at least Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Sharp, LG, Lite-On, and Mitsubishi are selling Blu-ray players.
Who is selling HD-DVD players? Toshiba, and with their Xbox game console add-on, Microsoft.
As a matter of fact, of the top 20 DVDs sold in America over 2006, 18 also came to Blu-ray, while a meagre 4 or 5 made it to HD DVD. This is arguably one of the biggest strengths that Blu-ray has - studio support. The number of releases might be similar between the two formats, but delve deeper into the "quality" of the films on offer, and it's a different story. HD DVD seems to have an abundance of documentaries and similar content, while Blu-ray is focused more on feature films. Which would you prefer to watch? This last info came from a comparison website: http://dvd.ign.com/articles/771/771196p2.html
To top it all off, of the titles that are available in both Blu-ray and HD-DVD, more Blu-ray copies were sold than HD-DVD, even with the supposed advantage of the dual standard DVD/HD-DVD hybrid discs.
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