Originally Posted by CliffH
I don't know about the rest of you early adopters but my friends and relatives always look to me to recommend what electronics to purchase. As long as there are two formats I am not going to advise them to buy either one. The general population wants to buy a decent product and have it last 5 years or more. They don't care who makes it or about the vagaries of the different features. They want a product that works out of the box. They don't want to flash the bios. I would be making numerous house calls to my friend's homes if they purchased a player at this time. Most of them are usually not even aware of new formats or products until I tell them about it or they see it demonstrated in my home. Until the general population starts to purchase HD players and software it will not become successful.
Exactly. That's why cheap Toshiba HD DVD players that don't rely on firmware upgrades to play movies is gaining steam in the marketplace.
I don't feel bad telling my technology lacking friends to buy a HD DVD player for christmas. They will be available for $199 or less at many places this season and it will work right out of the box. There are enough interesting titles available to keep them happy.
The people I know would want Disney I'm telling to wait a year at least to see how things are going. If they must have HD content buy HD DVD.
I don't want those people calling me mad a title won't work. With BD changing their standards, etc. and more and more firmware upgrades... I just can't recommend BD to my friends right now.