Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet
Either that, or if "combo players" start to become the common-place norm, then the tenor of the format "war" will shift to universal playback and every major manufacturer will have to abandon single-format players in favor of universal-disc hardware (especially if the cost of dual-format players begins to fall into "single format" price categories).
If the cost of dual-format players remains above $600 then it probably won't have a significant impact on the "war" dyamic. But it will be interesting to see what happens (or happens first): a single format emerging as an industry victor or universal players becoming... well... universal making the format-issue moot.
That won't happen. Universal Players wont become accepted until they can get around $300. By then the war will be over.
Unless something changes dramatically soon, HD DVD is pulling away. Those 3 to 1 hardware sales numbers (and that is player vs player, not addons or PS3s) are extremely significant because since the conception of the war nobody has had a better than 60% sales lead, not its growing.
If HD DVD reaches 1M (not counting addons) while BD is sitting on 600k to 700k worth of players (and it's more likely to be 1M to 500k a clear 2 to 1 advantage) the studios will start jumping.
Once BD loses the Studio edge the whole thing will collapse. Sony should have beaten the $$$ offer from MS and Toshiba to Paramount and Dreamworks.