but if it wasn't for BD, Hddvd would have been a 720P red laser format.
Just saw this story on CNN. Was weird.
One commentator played the luddite... "I still don't know how to program my VCR...!" and the guy was maybe 30 and just sounded like an idiot. You work in MEDIA, dude...!
The other just had his home theater upgraded etc...
I also have a friend who used to manage a BB in Long Island (was hell, he said...)
and one of the things he dealt with dozens of time a day was the WS vs FS and confusion amongst customers. Trying to explain "those black bars!" became a trying and time consuming part of every day. Having 2 competing HD formats would only just make things more confusing.
"Are you sure you have HDdvd..?"
"I think so..." yada, yada...
"Oh, that's only in HDdvd, not BD..."
Having only one HD format in the long run would be much more efficient. Having to stock the same title in 2 formats (for neutral studios like WB) would be WAY less desirable, I can imagine...
I know BB rents xbox and PS games but gamers are much more knowledgable about formats, etc..
The average BB consumer walks in, grabs the film and goes to the counter.
Knowing if the disc will even work on their HD format will be just a hassle.
In the long run, one format is best IMHO...