Its VHS vs Beta all over again. My money is on the HD DVD... Its what people are accustom to (i.e. DVD and HD). Really though its all about the companies that make the movies, what they publish on is what the standard will become.
You won't get a true HD image without one...even if your current player upscales it's not the same. I'm waiting it out. Our DVD player crapped out last month and I replaced it with a cheap Sony. I'm not willing to put my money on either format right now. Universal players would remove some shyness about upgrading to HD/Blu , but probably not the most ideal remedy.
Yes, because you should just be allowed to copy a raw digital signal as it comes down the line...no DRM at all means you would get a PERFECT 100% master of the original you could copy endlessly without any degradation. They would be stupid to let it happen.
99% of 1080p Tvs have HDCP compliancy. HDCP only blocks 1080p on non hdcp compliant devices...so it isn't really a problem unless you have some no name POS lcd or something anyways.
There's some information out that says they aren't all they claim to be. The LG BH100 for instance allegedly doesn't include the HDi features.
Broadcom is developing a chip that is supposed to play both and players were estimated to be on shelves by this summer. Marantz has a universal player I hope they add HDDVD/Bluray to.
I haven't been impressed with the reliablity of anything I've seen made by LG.
By the time I streamed a 4K video in Australia 32K res would be out, buying discs is the only option for good quality video here. I am happy enough with old DVD discs, though I am still bummed DVD A never took off, wasted $1100 on that gamble haha!
With all these new standards Shimano might have to start thinking about making appliances.