RCA, Miscrosoft and LG have produced HD-DVD players. Just like Panasonic, Pioneer and Samsung have Blu-ray players.
With that said. I bet the percentages of players is more diverse in the HD-DVD camp, since 155,000 or so Microsoft addons have been sold, than the Bluray (PS3).
I think you are being a bit facetious saying that HD-DVD looks piss poor also. The differences are minor and can anyone say Fifth Element?
Why don't Toshiba & Sony go on some crazy Japanese game show like "Magic Castle" and settle this once and for all???
I bought an HD-DVD player because of the price. Since I invested $400 in it I'll be cheering for it to win. But if it doesn't, then I'll know how the laser-disc owners of a few years ago feel.
It's not looking good for HD-DVD but one never knows, I thought I read an electronics magazine that said the Adult Entertainment industry chose HD-DVD and when they choose a format that's usually the format that wins...
This kind of crap annoys me. Most of your Average Joe consumers are pefectly content with DVD as the standard format, and I believe a good portion would rather stay with that as the stable standard, then be asked to invest in an offshoot technology that may, or more likely may not be the standard in another 3-4 years. Do both formats improve upon DVD technology? Absolutely. Do they change the technology to an appreciable enough degree to warrant customers going out and buying into it? I don't believe so.
I don't see this as VHS/Beta, I see this as the war of the "next-gen" placeholders for the next great technology on the market. The rise of mp3 and online media has already illustrated that optical media's days are numbered.
Now maybe I got that confused but I think that is what I read.
Movies? I'd love for you to show me the monopoly that Sony has on Blu-ray movies.
Video games? Again . . . same as above.
Players? You mention RCA (who has abandoned HD-DVD already), and MICROSOFT? You know that Toshiba manufactures the 360 Add-on, right? LG has NOT manufactured an HD-DVD player, that's a flat out lie. They developed a Blu-ray player that was adapted to be able to play HD-DVD discs. It did not meet the specs to be able to carry the HD-DVD logo, however.
And I'm still not sure how you can claim that Sony has a monopoly on players while in the same post mentioned other CE companies (direct competitors of Sony) who manufacture players.
With all due respect, I think it's pretty clear you fall into the "Sony = evil" crowd.