I agree with everything Rob posted. The move to Blu for me was an obvious one given that my old SD player was on its way out, especially with regards to playing DVD-Rs, which make up a substantial part of my collection. I needed a new player that had a reputation of playing near everything and while I considered some SD players, I decided that would be going backwards. Now I'm not necessarily optimistic about any format that involves a disc instead of a hard drive, but for only about $40 more than I would have paid for a decent SD player, I bought a very highly rated Blu player, which is known for being accessible to all sorts of recorded discs. No matter the future of SD or BD, nor even my inherent reticence to build a collection of what may prove to be a dead format before long, I couldn't justify ignoring the progress of the technology. Right now there are perhaps only 15 or so Blu Ray titles I would like to have, which isn't much, and I'm afraid the obvious and consistent wooing of a younger demographic may never produce the bulk of titles I want. But the upconversion of SD on this player is also supposed to be fantastic, so rather than see any of it as some kind of competition, for me it represents the best of all worlds and, finally, at a price where I could comfortably make the leap. Once that last point was achieved, it allayed all fears and hesitations over it ultimately becoming a niche or stopgap format. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, which in my case was a really bad Philips SD player, you just have learn how to make lemonade.