Originally Posted by glocksout
You're not making a lot of sense, Lotus. If people are more interested in HD DVD than Blu-ray, why have Blu-ray players been outselling HD DVD players?
It's nonsensical and delusional to think that the collective consumer wants to buy up HD DVD but won't because Blu-ray exists but they won't buy up Blu-ray because they simply don't want that format. It's ridiculous, and frankly stupid.
When you have the entire industry promoting one format, that format has more right and ability to succeed than the rebel underdog who only has one tactic - lowball prices.
Why would anyone lose interest in high-def media if there was one clear choice? I will use your language to say this idea is "absurd."
The fact that the Studios are coming together to support one format isn't confusing the customer and turning them off, ti was that they couldn't decide on one format in the beginning that has turned the customers off. The only consumers they're turning off are those that bought into HD DVD already, which is a small number - definitely smaller than Blu-ray. If they waited any longer they would have turned off more people, so they had to act now. They couldn't wait out another holiday season because then it would be twice the number, but with one format you will have much faster growth of Blu-ray sales, and those numbers were growing faster than HD DVD anyway.
I really don't ask for much, just logical arguments.
I'm not the consumer that feels that way so call someone else stupid.
They polled people and yes, they're turned off by the war, but also that the MORE EXPENSIVE unit won.
The consumers don't care about one format or the other. They are put off by the war and yes put off by the expensive one "winning." So Toshiba has decided to fight it out.
Also Universal and Paramount are currently standing pat to see what develops in the upcoming weeks.
Obviously the research group didn't just poll HD-DVD owners that would be well stupid.
They polled people at malls and stores.
You forget that before the WB decision the MAJORITY of HDTV owners were planning on buying HD-DVD not BD. Because primarily they know the name DVD, and COST.
If you don't think consumers are about to get more ****ed with $150 units vs $400 units ...
There is no clear reason to choose BD besides STUDIO SUPPORT. Where as to the common consumer there are numerous reasons to choose HD-DVD and the leading one is COST the second being ALL PLAYERS PLAY ALL PARTS OF A DISC.
Consumers for the most part don't mind choices. They just don't want the Studios fighting it out for them.
Which if you really were close to your customers you would know that. Just about every person I know wishes that both had 100% studio support not for "one choice." In fact I don't know anyone besides fanatics for either side that feel that there should be "one choice." Most people have no problem with competition.