Originally posted by: CO
What is so bothersome about the format wars, and the holding out by Lucas/Spielberg of many of their movies during the early days of DVD is that it never used to be like that with VHS & Laserdisk.
What holds these formats back from really taking off is great titles, and the reason you bought a VCR in the 80's was because the OT was one of the first movies out there. The reason you would buy a Laserdisk Player was because you could get the OT in widescreen. Now it seems like you have to wait for these formats to mature to the masses, THEN we will see the big titles.
Just think if SW, Jaws, Indiana Jones, LOTR, Back to the Future were all out right now on one universal HD format, I would be Best Buy right now and saying bye-bye to DVD, but why would I want to even venture into a new format with two competing products, and only a handful of 'A' titles?
Blame the media companies for starting the war, not the studios. All those movies would be out right now on one universal HD format (well, maybe SW excepted ) if the hi-def media companies had actually worked together and created a single standard. Instead we got two and low consumer adoption because no one wants to get stuck with a dead format.