Yep, I'll be waiting, I have lotsa time
I know about the beta max tape time issues but it was the first thing that popped to mind that was kinda similar, though both were stupid priced when they first came out as well. At least both formats have pretty much the same video quality at this point so main thing now is price and software. I got a early birthday present of Serenity on HD dvd so looking forward to watching it soon when we have some time. My friend played part of it for me on his hd-a1 when they first came out and it did look stunning.
I'll still get a dual format when somebody makes a affordable one, hate being stuck to one format till one or the other gives up or wins out. They should have buried their pride and did a single format with the best of both but the sides only see money and pride right now.
For me, as a recordable media fan, I have to look at the two formats and say that they are very much not equal. HD DVD-R is far far inferior at this time.... it's not even in the running to be honest. HD DVD's closest thing to a recordable format that works is DVD+RDL!
But yeah, I wish that they would get over their pride and just agree on one format for the whole industry. Unfortunately, to me, this means going with the majority of the industry. Back with DVD, Philips and Sony swallowed their pride and followed the rest of the CE industry, who had chosen Toshiba's solution. So in my opinion, it was Toshiba's turn to swallow their pride and fall in line with the rest of the industry who had chosen Blu-Ray.... but it seems they just couldn't do that
Actually, what pisses me off the most about this is probably that I repeatedly find myself having to defend Sony, when I'd much rather be bashing them
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media