That's what Reuters is saying and if the poll Ken pointed out
in AVS Forums
is any indication, they are correct. Toshiba
's HD-XA1 has, despite limited content, poor demos, massive
size and little public awareness, found acceptance with initial buyers and reviewers
. I know many of our readers will be shocked to
hear this, but apparently there is a considerable audience waiting for high definition content free from nasty
compression artifacts and limited television broadcast schedules.
More interesting to note is that some
buyers are expressing hesitance towards Blu-ray
, with its players
starting at $1000 and going up from there. Did they just interview some HD-DVD
fanboys (Odds are high they did, with only 10,000 units in stores.),
or is there a possibility even the early adopting home theater community won't spend that much on movies?
Whatever the case may be, we know two things for sure. HD-DVD is currently the absolute best format with <7 titles
available on the planet; and Blu-ray, the clock is ticking, better get in the game.