Since the DVD began increasingly popular over the past decade, we have been slowly replacing our good ol’ buddy the VHS tape. I was reluctant to do it at first, because that meant a $200 investment into a DVD player. Now it is a household staple. Probably as popular as the refridgerator. When MY 89 year old grandmother has one and knows how to use it; i’d say it’s a staple. But what happens when the HD discs come out. Here is why I think it won’t do so hot.
Consumers have spent billions of dollars upgrading their VCR’s to DVD players and new home theater systems to boot. To get a better picture we used to have to buy an S-Video or component video cable to get better color and a sharper picture. Then came DVI with the advent of HD television and LCD monitors. And now the HD DVD. Think of all those episodes of Cribs on MTV and the hundreds and even thousands of DVD’s that they have now all need to be replaced! Not only will some people have multiple copies of movies, they will have to pay even more for these pieces of plastic.