Re: HD DVD Players Sold Out Nationwide This Weekend - Blu-ray In Trouble?
The whole $99 player thing was brillant. They had already lost the cost of the the HD-A2 as the third genertion is being released, so why not offer the players at an unbeatable price as a marketing promo to get people to see "HD DVD".
Blu-ray may be selling more software (although Transformers on HD DVD blew Spider-man 3 on Blu-ray out of the water in each of their first weeks by reportedly 3 to 1, Ouch!), but when consumers start taking those discs home and they don't play, there is going to be serious backlash. Who cares about the titles Blu-ray has if they don't frickin' work on all the Blu-ray players. Not mention, Blu-ray is still releasing more and more standard profiles, while HD DVD is working off of and perfecting their one standard.
While software titles are important, a studio can easily start manufacturing one format or the other. If the best player that Blu-ray has is the Sony Playstation 3, that is not going to suffice for home theaters out there. No amount of titles sold in Blu-ray will make up for the lack of a stable standalone Blu-ray player with a stable and standard profile to the format.