Blu Ray route = more expensive, but more technically advanced tech. Sony and Philips (major proponents) arguably want a bigger slice of the royalty pie here, it seems. HD-DVD group = more “here and now” easy-to-migrate DVD tech for content producers, to get the ball rolling more immediate-term. NEC and Toshiba major proponents. No recorders planned yet. Hmmmmmm. Non-interest factor very high given this information, personally. All in all, it looks like DVD (in its various incarnations) will be with us for a looong time to come. No doubt the huge growth in the hardwre (and software) market is due to catalysts like DeCSS. Blu Ray, in particular, seems like it will be lockdown central. I hope they don’t expect to sell much hardware (or software) with their content protection ideas. Because they won’t. Especially with DVD out… Still, I see potential for a great PC back-up/archival format somewhere here, though…I hope. As well potential for a smaller video camera disc format. Again, I hope. That’s something we need. Not a yet-more-crappy-interim-movie format. DVD is here. How many will be willing to buy into a high definition format, one wonders. I just don’t see it becoming popular in the forseeable. Plus, with storage capacities moving like they are, I see Blu Ray’s 50GB per disc as a very short-term strategy to get the format out quick to standardise on their tech. This is understandable since everyone wants to claim ownership of new markets. But these capacities will be laughable in a short period. HD-DVD appears particularly anaemic in this department… As a sidenote: TDK’s hard coat thingy that can’t be written on with a permanent marker sounds fascinating. I wonder how hard this hardcoat is, tho.