All-round players decide HD format war
According to a current study by the market researchers at ABI Research, it is not the consumer but the availability of all-round players that will decide the high-definition format war in the PC sector. This fact, according to the study , would make any further competition unnecessary.
Even if one can currently say that Blu-ray technology is overall ahead of the game - a the clear favorite for a final market dominance, as one could recognize it at the time between the rivals VHS and Betamax, is far from given. This is not least due to the equal distribution among the advocates of the two technologies Blu-ray and HD-DVD.
Furthermore, ABI assumes that the HD market in the PC segment will reach up to 2012 will grow to a volume of 2 billion US dollars, two thirds of which would be made up by all-round players alone. The fact that these players have not yet been able to celebrate their big breakthrough is explained at ABI with the current price structure: “Only a few universal drives are being sold these days, which is partly due to the high prices. But these prices will fall to the same level in 2009 as for example Blu-ray. ”