I wouldn't mind if HDM was the same price as DVD's. But IMHO one of the reasons the studios are backing HDM is to regain some of there profit level that they are loosing with DVD. I would hope that when HD-DVD actually goes away that $35 will be the max on HDM for single titles.
As far as HDM being a protected format and us trading up to Blu-ray goes. To my knowledge both HD-DVD and Blu-ray have been hacked so they are not really a protected format. My main concern at this point in time is not the retail price of HDM. My main concern is how long will we have to wait for Universal to go neutral and how long will it take for Toshiba to throw in the towel? One thing is for sure is the 08' belongs to Blu-ray and Universal is really going to feel the pressure to go neutral or Blu-ray only. Once that happens Paramount will fold quickly unless there agreement with Toshiba doesn't allow it. But at that point you would hope that Toshiba would be objective and would not sulk and prolong the war just to be vindictive. I see Universal at least going neutral and at that point Toshiba will have to take a serious step back and make a decision based on business not personal feelings regarding Sony and the loss of the HD-DVD platform. Toshiba should accept defete at that point in time and jump on board so they can not only move foward but so they can make money off of Blu-ray. Only then can there be one unified format and HDM can move forward and the consumer may feel more confedent about buying into HDM.
Like many of us have stated in this forum its not over yet and only time will tell. The next move is up to Toshiba and I am very interested to see what there next move will be, especially since I am supporting HD-DVD as well as Blu-ray. I do not exspect to hear anything from Toshiba until CES is over. And then I would exspect to hear from Toshiba within 1 - 3 weeks after CES has concluded and Toshiba has had a chance to think about there situation carefully.