A competition this fierce (the battle between the blu-ray and HD DVD format) hasn't been seen since the fiercest format battle ever--the one between betamax and VHS format videotape in the 1980s.
While the betamax gave superior picture quality on the tube, the VHS format won the marketing battle.
VHS won out because it was capable of recording for longer times. Each format was incompatible with the other.
Today we have the Blue-ray vs. HD DVD formats competing with each other, and, again, each is incompatible with the other.
With respect to the later, Investors.com reported the following:
* HD DVD format players are considerably cheaper than blu-ray (some HD DVD players went for $99 over the holidays, while the blue-ray variety went for close to $300.
* Over twice as many Blue-Ray Disc players have sold than HD DVD players.
* About twice as many Blue-Ray Disc movies have been selling than HD DVD movies.
* Only Toshiba makes the HD DVD player, while many companies make the Blue-ray player.
According to the article, it's the movie studies who will ultimately rule what player becomes the standard. More major studios are going with Blu-ray. So, what's the verdict? There is none now. People are going to stick with DVD players until either one of the high definition format breaks ground as the only one offered.