The International Consumer Electronics Show is turning out to be a celebration party for Blu-ray, the high-definition format Sony Corp. backed, and a wake for a rival movie disc technology pushed by Toshiba Corp.
Rob Bohl of Highland Park, N.J., bought an HD DVD player in December for $179.98, without considering a Blu-ray player instead. He had forgotten about the other format.
"I wish I had been more careful and waited," he said.
He feels a bit "burned" by the experience, but it's probably not enough to keep him out of the market.
"The fact is: when I get my tax refund, they'll probably have a cheap player, and I'll probably wind up getting one," Bohl said.