Wyllie’s comments are funny to me. NEC & Co don’t plan any recorders with their HD-DVD format, while two blu-ray recorders are on sale (or soon will be, with Matsushita bringing theirs out to join Sony) in Japan. Sure you have to sell your soul to get one, but they are there. Nobody is touching Blu-ray, he sez. Then where are your HD-DVD drives, NEC? Sounds like he’s comparing play-only formats to me and speaking on the side of studios interested in churning out cheap discs to me, which is only one side of the equation. HD-DVD has no recorders, and no plans being drawn up to be used as a PC-backup device or any of those things, to my knowledge. DVD already is and Blu-ray does (and Sony already has their “professional disc for data” http://www.sony.net/prodata based on eerily similar tech for the enterprise market (except without the backward compatibility to read/write CDs and DVDs - no doubt a useless feature for this type of device for the enterprise market). A play-only HD-DVD format with small improvements not be enough to entice the public to upgrade, unless the capability comes almost ‘free’, and the difference on Joe User’s devices is noticeable (which it certainly isn’t), AND the economics of producing discs makes too much sense for replicators (cheap!). Only then can I see movies using the new format pretty much unavoidable. Otherwise, it will be a niche for videophiles. With Sony and others owning a huge chunk of Hollywood and offering recording blu-ray devices (albeit at a price and with limited availability right now), what chance to HD-DVD discs have for a well-rounded multi-purpose future format, with the public gobbling up all the extra gigabytes they can get? Should we be even considering their play-only plans? Just what type of demand is there for HD right now anyway? Close to zero, I bet. So the additional cost better be close to zero to even bother introducing it. Joe User is just getting into recording their own DVDs in a big way now. To talk of its demise is laugable to me. Wyllie’s ‘notebooks can’t take a caddy’ comments are also funny to me. Sure, let’s fire up this HD content on my 15inch LCD. Oh look, behold the glory. Yeh, consumers are really DYING for HD content, especially on notebooks :g It should also be noted that blu-ray is currently ‘investigating’ making the cartridge optional. We’ll see tho. I have my doubts about his thoughts of the inability of manufacturers to make a blu-ray catridge notebook drive too, but I’ll leave that for another time. All I can say is HD-DVD better be dirt cheap in order to ‘survive’. Even then, the demand for this is type of device is VERY low right now (Joe User has DVD, and it RECORDS, too!), and by the time the market is ripe for HD (if it ever is), those data capacities and play-only limitations of the format will be laughable.