This may have been a topic in the past, but ive never seen so here it goes. Technically I know that Blu-ray (blue laser) and HD-DVD are not competing formats, because one is used for recording HD-TV and the other is for pre-recorded bought movies. But my concern is the fact that HD-DVD is going to use more compression (mpeg-4) rather then utilizing the disc space of blu-ray technology and leaving the video compression as mpeg-2 while increasing video resolution and hopefully audio. I've seen new mpeg-4 compression like Windows Media 9 series, and though I am impressed with what they can do, I still believe that mpeg-4 in no way compares to mpeg-2 compression. My question is, is there any hope that DVD-forum will just do away with HD-DVD before it even comes out and produce a Blu-ray format of store bought movies? I'm really sick of companies trying to utilize compression instead of using the disc expansion technology that has come out in the last few years. I dont know if its because they're worried about having extras on discs, but id rather pay for a 2-disc with extras, than one disc with inferior quality.