Originally Posted by hmurchison
You'll tell'em to buy the version that's cheapest or available. Contrary to popular belief, consumers don't have a problem with choice. They have a problem with too many choices.[
If we're talking about two potential choices it's either/or. That's easy for consumers.
And that is what I'm saying as well--that consumers have a problem with too many choices. But I think it is important that there are more choices in this high def arena than just either/or. It is more like...
Blu-ray/HD DVD combo players?
Blu-ray/HD DVD THD discs?
(edit: As JLL pointed out even the choice of just sticking with DVD)
Competition is natural
I don't disagree that competition is natural, but more often than not, having a clear, unified, format is what is best for a market in terms of video/audio--Vinyl records, Audio cassete, VHS, CDs, DVDs,...and hopefully a high def victor, IMO Blu-ray. I don't see what good having HD DVD stick around does, at least in the long term, as I see there prescence in the short term having a nice effect on driving down the price of next gen media on both sides. Outside of the short term though, I just see them causing the consumer confusion. That's my take on it anyways.