Originally Posted by Kolchak
How many cameras have slots for both Memory Stick and SD/Compactflash/etc.?
How many card readers have slots for Memory Stick, SD, Compact Flash etc? How many printers?
Meanwhile, despite the number of codecs in Quicktime, how many are actually encountered by the average user? The average person might see Sorenson, Cinepak, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (assuming the user has the MPEG2 playback component installed), MPEG-4 and h.264.
Ok, so you've just listed 5 codecs which is a hell of a lot more than 2 disc formats. More importantly, you've given us a great example of how the one player handles competing formats seamlessly for the end-user. We're just talking about software instead of hardware.
As I said earlier I just bought an HDDVD player for demoing my HD video work. I only got to spend about 20 minutes watching an HD movie on an HDTV, but I'm hooked. I'm psychologically ready to declare myself format-neutral and get Blu-ray and an HDTV as soon possible. Unfortunately I'm not financially ready for that.
Since combo players are obviously not such a huge technological hurdle, (see the above cheap PC drive) I'd imagine it's corporate politics keeping combo players off the market. It looks to me like a combo could be built and sold for no more than a $100 premium over a stand-alone Blu-ray counterpart. If that ever actually happens I think we just might see a format war that ends more like Korea than WW2. It may even happen anyway since right now you can have HDDVD and Blu-ray for only $100 more than Blu-ray alone.