Re: Toshiba to build Blu-Ray player!
Why pay 2 royalties? Are you talking about Toshiba or the consumer? Toshiba owns HD DVD so I don't see what royalties they'd need to pay. As for the consumer, the consumer who would want a dual-format player is a consumer with HD DVDs... so I don't think they'd mind having an HD DVD logo on their box.
Some folks had purchased over a hundred HD DVDs by the time the format door shut in favor of Blu-ray. Wouldn't those folks like having a new piece of hardware able to play those discs given the uncertainty of how long their dedicated HD DVD player may hold out? That's worth a few extra dollars for someone with a large collection.