Originally Posted by Cornbread
...If Sony was smart they would pay to have their own BR software player developed and give the source code out free to the computer manufacturers. If they did that it would make Microsofts support for HD-DVD pretty much a non factor.
It doesn't require that kind of effort from Sony. There will be plenty of 3rd party BR software players once the drive and new OS are out. Intervideo will have players that will work with both HD-DVD and BD drives. It's not that big a deal.