Next-Generation DVD Players: What Consumers Want

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

-- George Santayana

This adage is particularly appropriate in the market for consumer video formats and players. Consistently, manufacturers have been unwilling or unable to develop formats compatible over a broad range of CE devices, and consumers have suffered as a result.

It seemed, when the industry established a single (and ultimately successful) DVD format in 1994, that manufacturers had learned from the VHS/Betamax format conflict. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we find electronics manufacturers have not heeded Santayana's warning.

The industry has failed to agree on a single standard for HD content, the successor to the DVD format. While the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats have more similarities than differences, they are not interchangeable and have forced another battle similar to the VHS and Betamax clash of the 1980s.

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YoMeViet3885d ago

Next-Gen DVD players? Sorry but that just won't do on my 52-inch Bravia.
Why don't we just make Next-Gen CD players then....>.>

RealityCheck3885d ago (Edited 3885d ago )

Well, their analysis lost all credibility to me when they mention that in Japan, price is the most important factor. In reality, Blu-ray (the most expensive option to date) outsells HD-DVD the most (by a factor of 9:1)... you guessed it: in Japan.

Next, content is rated lowest because people polled didn't fully understand what it was. Except for early adopters and geeks, people don't buy new A/V equipment just for fun, they see ads about a movie (content) they really like and they hear that it is available in this new better format. Then after hearing that a few times about movies they like, they will look into buying something to play the movies they are interested in. Without the hook of beloved and well recognized movies (content), a new format player would be meaningless.