At 7:44 PM -0500 12/22/04, Manfredi, Albert E wrote: > >Excellent point! Maybe that's the logic behind Craig's >seemingly incomprehensible stand. Finally something >that makes sense. It was a good point, but it was not a consideration in my logic, other than the parallels with Super Audio CD. > >Let's provide the smallest possible improvement with >HD-DVDs, just so we can soak consumers with a complete >redo of their yet-to-begin HD-DVD library in the >shortest amount of time. It's called planned >obsolescence. Perhaps. It is also called pragmatism. The mass market does not even need HD and will not for many years. Existing DVDs look VERY GOOD on my new 50" DLP display. Furthermore, it is looking like there will be a number of competing formats -again - so it is quite possible that they may optimize to meet the needs of different market segments. For example, it is likely that the Blue Ray faction will push for 1080P, as they will, at least initially, have the highest priced players. There may be Blue-Ray HD only releases for the videophile market. The red laser crown is likely to focus on the mass market, and the growing HD market. They are likely to encode both SD and HD versions on the same disk, either putting them on opposite sides, or by using the new dual layer technique developed by Toshiba. And then there is the very real possibility that the marketplace will find SD DVD is satisfactory, especially if there is a big premium for HD versions. > >So it's nothing to do with "economics" of the consumer. >It's "economics" of the media moguls he's fussing >about. > >Oooooooh. Who knew? Boy, was I off base. > >Of course, this plays against the economics of the CE >manufacturers, who would have a much easier time >selling their upcoming over-60" sets if consumers >were already equipped with 1080-line software. How many over 60" sets do you see in the stores Bert? A 60" set would not fit in the space where I just installed a 50" display; many 50" displays withspeakers mounted on the sides of the screen would not fit either. This should tell you something... Regards Craig ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.