I sure remember MANY people, including some of the so-called experts claiming that there was no way DVD could top LD, and their criticisms were certainly warranted with some of the early DVD releases which were horribly compressed (anyone remember the first IMAX Tropical Rainforest DVD?). It took several years before DVD became even remotely popular or the "must buy" Christmas item - how long did it take for all the studios to get on board? The differences with HD are that it is not as significant an upgrade over DVD as DVD was over VHS, and DVD was not seriously competing with another format - the failed DIVX format was an offshoot doomed from the start. Having two competing formats with no major pitfalls to either is not helping the adoption rate, and even among early adopters there is reluctance to jump in when you could easily be buying a dead format. There has yet to be the crucial piece of software that entices people to choose one over the other. One other side effect of the HD war is that I am sure there are others like myself who have significantly scaled back their DVD purchases. I used to buy 5-10 titles a week, now I may purchase that many in a year. I see little point in investing in the DVD format when HD versions are bound to be coming online, but I'm not willing to join in the HD experiment until I know that the format I choose is going to be around for the long haul, and that the media is going to have a better longevity than I'm seeing now with DVD.