micro$soft, you remember me. Awww shucks I don’t remember “predicting” anything but I sure was hopeful, and for all the right reasons. Look how many people out there are upset blu ray “won”. Look how much anti-Sony/anti-BR sentiment there is out there, even though unwarranted (they are not the sole BR backers!). It is true, BR faces huge competition from other emerging formats and delivery methods and more so from DVD, so if they keep their prices high they risk going the way of HD DVD. After witnessing the unbelievable speed at which HD DVD died and dissappered, I personally believe that BR could also vanish quickly. I truly hope it doesn’t because I am a optical-format oriented HD enthusiast, and once BR spec has settled and prices are reasonable, and I am not required to update the player’s firmware with every new BR movie release, then I will be more than happy to buy a player, even though I did not belive in BR when there was competetion from HD DVD.