With the advent of Blu Ray and HD-DVD just around the corner, it would appear (if you read the av tabloids) that the writing is on the wall for our current favourite format... Now, i can remember my very first DVD player. A Toshiba, R1 only, purchased from Picture Paradise in Lincoln, along with a handful of discs. I still had a pile of laserdiscs a mile high and 2 seperate players didn't seem logical. So as soon as it was available, I "upgraded" to a Pioneer 909 combi player. Soon after, laserdiscs became hard to come by, and I could see that their value was deopping rapidly...so I thought I would cut my losses and sell out. So I did. The remarkable thing is all this has happened in the last 7 years!! DVD was born, it's lived and, in the enthuasists eyes, it's on it's last legs. Just look how long it's lasted compared to the other major video formats...VHS lasted at least 25 years before it was taken over by DVD. laserdisc was never a major consumer item, and less than 5 million units were ever sold worldwide...but to us, the enthuasist, it was the dogs danglie bits. I can foresee the lifespan of Blu Ray and HD DVD being even shorter than that of DVD...we crave hi def. We're about to get it...(Though 99.9% of our displays won't display it properly...). What's next...? Does it get any better than hi def? There will, however, be a point where Joe Public (the NON enthuasist) gets fed up and stops buying altogether... Anybody care to comment...?