One commonly cited point in the format war is hardware support, where Toshiba is pretty much
the sole HD DVD player manufacturer and Blu-ray has a number of player brands
available. Certainly, a lack of brand diversity isn't great news for any format. But looking at the numbers from DisplaySearch, team blue isn't exactly a "rainbow coalition" either, with Sony and Samsung accounting for 92% of the BD player market. Add in Panasonic for another 5% and there's precious little left being contributed by other manufacturers. Expect to see more competition between these players moving forward -- we've already seen some pretty aggressive pricing
, and where one manufacturer goes, others must follow. Whether the price drop in BD players is sparked from within the camp or from elsewhere
, consumers will win out!