The real problem for Blu-Ray and hi-def material in general is whether there will be a sufficient market for it. I can't imagine there are too many people out there with a tv capable of 720p let alone 1080p. Will the average consumer be prepared to replace their main tv sets for a hi-def picture. Part of the reason dvd was such a huge success was that the only requirement on your tv was that it had a scart input. My parents only replace their tvs when they fail completely, every 7-10 years or so. There's no way they're gonna spend thousands to replace a perfectly good set that's only a few years old. It's for this reason I cant' see Blu-Ray being the success that dvd was and is. Ultimately when tvs start to fail, prices for flatscreen hi-def sets drop etc...blu-ray should succeed. Personally, I think the mainstream punter is happy enough with dvd picture quality for the moment. With technolgy moving so quickly at the moment and prices falling drastically, a wait and see attitude would seem the way to go. It's so difficult to work out when to buy. i.e. Early this year I bought pan dmr60 rec dvd, a few months later the 85 was released with an 80GB HDD and pal/ntsc prog scan. Decided to upgrade to the 85 and gave my brother the 60. IMO it's not worth buying a dvd recorder without a HDD unless you only buy RAM discs. DMR95 model to follow with 160GB HDD. A few months later there's another model announced with HDMI and 250GB HDD. Who knows what's next. Also, recently bought Toshibas' WL46 26" lcd which has 2 RGB, 2 Component and pc inputs, only for a week later to read that there was a new model 48 that features an HDMI input.