I’m with the crowd on this one. Stephen brought up an absolutely terrible comparison here. I’m honestly impressed at the effort it would take to ignore the obvious comparison and bring up something that’s completely unrelated. Intel, is a company that produced processors. What you are referring to is a time when they were virtually the only option for processors. This has no bearing on this discussion. Intel’s processors were made by one company, Intel. HD-DVD and Blu-Ray drives and players were to be made by any companies that wished to make them. Hence, the competition is between companies like Panasonic, Sony, RCA, Phillips, JVC… etc… to make a player that the consumer wants to buy. That’s where we’ll find lower prices. Your analogy would imply that by unifiying… only one company will make an HD-DVD player and they’ll be free to charge whatever price they wish. That’s a complete and total fantasy that you’ve introduced in order to try and make a point that simply doesn’t exist. Now, if we are to make comparisons out of recent history. Let’s actually take one that makes sense. Instead of HD-DVD. Let’s examine… DVD. Makes sense, since we’re talking about a Video disc format… let’s compare it to a Video disc format. Not a processor. Ya with me Stephen. Now let’s look at DVD’s. This is a unified format. There is no Blu-DVD… There’s just DVD. So according to your logic… DVD players are overpriced and the consumer is forced to pay them. Wrong. My sister, a consumer, just bought a DVD player for $20 at Best Buy. You can find similar stores selling players at similar prices. Almost any store that sells electronics will have a DVD player for under $50. Not to beat a dead horse, but again… a unified format has nothing to do with a monopoly on DVD players. Companies will continue to wage war with one another, and we can expect another great round of benefits to come our way. With a unified format, the competition will actually increase. With two formats, companies would have to choose which format to endorse and which type of player to make. Now these companies will all be competing for the same format and the same market. Again, this is only a GREAT thing for competition. I’m still a bit shocked that anyone would actually be able to make a comparison like that. You’d think, instead of dredging up Intel from the early 90’s… you’d just think back to this wonderful price drop we’ve all enjoyed. DVD players have been dirt cheap for years now… it’s one of the great benefits of the competition between companies that’s out there. The absence of logic is just amazing.
[edited by jab1981 on 01.05.2005 15:42]