i've been ignoring this format primarily for 3 reasons 1) too expensive 2) lack of software 3) better than average amount of my dvds that look damned incredible to me already. i saw in a thread the other day though that deck prices had fallen, and went ot the store and was shocked to see that $1000-$1400 deck was now listed at $599. i thought they would get there, but i had no idea it would be this quick. i had the salesman pop in Independance Day (i could care less about it, but they couldn't find T2) and...yeah it looked good. i dunno, but it still left me a little unimpressed. i know its going to be a bit better than progressive scan dvd quality- but is it really going to be better than a superbit anyways the price is close to where i want to see it (still too high for an impulse buy $4-500 and i could definitely see myself buying this just to satisfy my curiousity) but there still is the problem of #2. right now there are only 4 movies i'm even remotely interested in owning and nothing on the horizon. i've even heard that widescreen review gave Die Hard only 4 stars. hell my DVD of that movie is already at least 4 stars. i'm now setting one more condition before i jump in. there must be at least 10 titles i desperately want to own in HD including : -the first two Alien movies (i would think the upcoming Quadrology is giving Fox the opportunity to create the hi-def masters specifically to use for Dvhs and eventually the first gen of HDDVD) -Jaws or even Jaws 2 -Attack of the Clones (since we definitely wont get any of the Ots at this point) -some classic widescreen musicals ( i was wishing for something like Oklahoma but would take Sound Of Music) -the original Planet of the Apes and 4 more ( possibly X2 and Hulk, depending on how they turn out) or hearing that Paramount or Warner changed their minds and is getting on board. i still don't think that HDdvd is going to a reality (either thru price or title availability) in my HT for at least 6 years, so that would still provide me some time to enjoy this format. please no posts about disc v tape. i was totally with you guys on the superiority of the optical format- i'm just looking for the best quality source for the next few years. so far it isn't DVHS -because they don't have the software! (and no, i don't have acsess to OTA or satelite HD so recording is a moot point). i just hope this changes- if it does, i may be going HD this year.