A universal player would be great, but I doubt it's likely to happen before one of the formats takes over. As I see it, the only real advantage HD-DVD has over Blu-ray is it will be availabe a few months sooner than BR. Had HD-DVD come out last September (as announced early last year), they'd be way ahead of the game, but now they are way behind. I predict that by the time of Blu-ray's launch, HD-DVD will already be dead. We'll see.