Friday, September 01, 2006

No Surprise Here

The current crop of next-generation DVD players (Blu-Ray and HD-DVD) are underwhelming, both in terms of sales and performance. This should comes as no surprise because, frankly, nobody wants to be stuck with the losing format, which is really going to slow adoption.

If both sides could have just agreed on a format, and agreed to split the licensing revenues from the format, EVERYBODY (consumers, producers, content providers) would have been better off. Better to have 50% of a big pie than 0% of a small pie (or even 100% of a small pie). There's a lesson here; here's hoping that manufacturer's learn from this in the future....

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