"Santa might have an easier time deciding who's naughty or nice this Christmas than choosing one of the next-generation DVD players for people on the good list.
But he also might be better off choosing neither Blu-ray Disc nor HD DVD - at least if he believes Consumer Reports and some industry analysts.
The high-definition home-video formats both offer improved picture and sound quality over standard DVDs. The problem is the two formats are incompatible, forcing consumers to make a choice between players, which typically cost about $400.
To complicate matters, the major Hollywood movie studios have taken sides, so consumers need a Blu-ray player to see Spider-Man 3 but an HD DVD player to see Shrek the Third - if they want to view the higher-quality versions of those films."