I have about 300 DVDs, I'm quite happy with them, they look very nice on a normal TV and apparently on Thelf's nice new HD LCD flatscreen. No-one has yet given me a compelling reason why I want a new format - I won't repurchase the same films again, I'm quite happy with DVD. I don't want to pay more for a new format, or new hardware. There is no step change in functionality like VHS to DVD.
The motives behind the move seem entirely selfish - hardware people need us to buy a new platform to maintain revenues now a DVD player costs £19.99 in Argos, and studios who were utterly surprised when DVDs started selling like hotcakes now expect to be able to push out new formats and repeat that success.
Three possible outcomes:
- One format wins outright (losers: the companies that exclusively backed it, and the consumers that bought it)
- Both formats co-exist for a few years, until drives come out which read both and everyone forgets there was a difference (like DVD-R vs DVD-RW but presumably with more lasers; losers: every consumer who buys the wrong format by mistake, or who wants some content out on the other format)
- No-one buys them, and we just stick with plain-old DVDs until it's impossible to buy replacement hardware/content (losers: the hardware companies)