Originally Posted by Chris Gerhard
Again, what you are asking is have the companies that can make a profit on their DVD and Blu-ray sales to forgo that, replace it with HD DVD/DVD combos with a loss per unit, hoping somewhere down the road they can profit. The Blu-ray exclusive studios will have to find that one hilarious but obviously can easily compete by lowering the Blu-ray titles to a break-even point, which will be lower than the loss leader HD DVD/DVD titles. Now consumers that want HD are faced with buying HD DVD/DVD for a premium for the titles that are available or buying the same title at a lower price on Blu-ray or one of the Blu-ray exclusive releases for less since Blu-ray can't allow HD DVD/DVD combos to be sold for less. Consumers that want the DVD are going to write letters to all involved asking why they now have to pay extra for this other side they can't play to get a DVD. This is among the silliest suggestions ever. I suspect the strategy is now the second one I can see that does end the war quickly, in favor of Blu-ray.
It is amazing how you can grab ahold of the idea and mis-understand it so much, just so you can keep your mindset of Blu-Ray winning intact.
They would not have to pay extra for the other side, they would get it for free
(where did you misunderstand that?) so they would not write anyone to complain.
Also why would Blu-Ray dropping the cost of their DVDs do any good? The consumer would still have only the Blu-Ray disc and couldn't watch it on the DVD players they already have. And they would still have to pay for the now over priced under featured Blu-Ray DVD player (no where near to the magic under $200 price point).
The whole idea is to make it painless to transition to HD without any worry about the DVDs becoming obsolete because the HD format failing, They would still have the SD side to watch!
And I really don't think it would cost that much more per disc to make it a combo, to capture the entire market, it would be a relatively cheap investment. Spend a (at most) few million to earn many billions!
You're probably correct this would be silly and would make Blu-Ray win faster (in your dreams that is).