An important, however little told story of this short life of DVD, is that of WB. WB saved us all from DIVX. . As much heartfelt effort that this and other forums put forth, that did not save us from DIVX. The two city [area] test sales were a success. Sales were respecable for the national launch [although having only one piece of hardware for sale did hurt, J6P had no problem gobbling up discs]. . Disney [and many other major studio's] did not save us from DIVX, they took the money and held back DVD releases. . Steve Speilberg did not save us from DVIX. Nuf' said! . Blockbuster did not save us from DIVX. The 800 lb. gorilla, was hand in hand with the Devil. And to this day wants a 'rental pricing' for DVD. . Consumers [J6P and beyond] responded to the pay per view [not having to return the product] ease of DVIX. . LD did not save us from DVIX. After over fifteen years of sales, there was a grand total of 2 million players in the US of A. Not even enough for the majors to care about. Hence, their all to quick bail-out on their own devoted customers. No hope was in site. No Star Wars, no Disney Classics, no understanding by the VHS rental crowd [by far the vast majority, at the time], and no major electronic retailer or manufacture, as they all line up to sale us DVIX. Yet WB stood alone to fight the evil DVIX. Did they compromise the DVD format to succeed? You bet! . Cheap packaging that nobody liked, however, was the only one at the time that could be machine feeded with a disc. Therefore lowering cost. . P&S, you bet, you think J6P wanted to lose 1/3 of his 27in. TV screen? . Transfers from D2 tape, no problem. If you want to get the street cost down to ten bucks [what other major, in the first 18 months of DVD, put out $14.95 list titles that the general public wanted?] your not going to be able to remaster a title and compete with DVIX's five to six dollar 'rental'. . Low bit rate for Dolby Digital [DTS who?] soundtracks, they won't know what they are missing! They got the general public [and equipment manufactures, and showed all the other major film studio's how to sell, not rent, a DVD] on the bandwagon. And it's been all downhill [for WB, not the format] from there. . WB still has the worst packaging. Even for special editions like Kubrick, Stone, & Superman we get cardboard! . Still low bit rate DD & no DTS soundtracks! . And we still see titles from one of the greatest Hollywood studio's ever, with battered & marred prints. Wake up the war is over! You won. And I am happy for all of us. However, now your at war with Fox and all, and your losing big time. I have by far more WB titles in my DVD collection, of more than 400, maybe one hundred by WB, but it get's harder & harder to pick up one more title. I fear I'll be getting a inferior transfer, with a compromised soundtrack. I will always be grateful for your early efforts for this format. However, it's 2001 and time has passed you by.