I'm just wondering what to make of BDAs recent announcements. Is it all a response to counteract Paramounts defection? (OR was Paramounts defection a pre-emptive attack for the planned announcements?) Is it near enough?? It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last few weeks But how have the BDA responded? I see: 1 .Mobilisation of Fox/MGM / and up production of Disney This is a great move for HD movie fans all round. Fox is committing full blooded. Of course it benefits BD tremendously esp. with some big movies round the corner i.e DH4 and FF2. I think Disney isn't going all out though. I wonder why this is. Is it because they are waiting for full player accessibility of disc interactivity (or is there more to the rumours I won't mention.) 2. Announcement of an AMAZING number of standalone players across the board of CE companies. Sony, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Sharp, Loewe, JVC, Samsung, LG, Daewoo WOW All these machins give choice and they all look good as well (something Toshibas lack) BUT hardly any confirmed for 1.1 profile. The mention of 1.1 profile is almost deafening by its abscence. Why is the BDA playing it this way?? Is another 1.1 delay imminent? or can these players be FW upgraded. If a small delay is forced on them then why release them at all??? profile 1.1 doesn't look imminent though? 3. Chinese players confirmation Finally some idea of where the Cheap BD players are coming from. But HD DVD also finally plans to give choice beyond toshiba machines with the Venturer Chinese Cheapo players. Difference is HD DVD camp have day/ date/ price for their release whereas BDA have none. Anybody else can fill in anything major I've left out. So is this enough??? If the Paramount move hadn't taken place you would have thought this is enough to stop HD DVD in it's track. But I think with the move it isn't enough. If all the new players were profile 1.1 then it would have been even more so significant. Maybe enough to marginalise, to an extent, the defection. As it stands this gives HD DVD more impetus to play on BDs weakness. Thankfully Warner resisted (pressure ??) signing any exclusivity deals. This would've been a hammer blow to BD. Then I think one could see BD actually failing with HD DVD becoming a single winner. Whereas as it stands it is looking more like like dual format with BD the stronger half. (i.e with potential to pull away if certain cards are played right.) I think HD DVD best card was the early full spec release. That was a genius stroke. BD has been playing catch up ever since with seemingly makeshift counter actions. It gave HD DVD group disproprotional credibility IMO. If BD was launched same time full spec with all the studio and CE support the picture would've been very different now. So different. This raises the following question? Why didn't the BDA just release similar tech'd, to HD DVD, BD players at similar subsidized prices??(ofcourse we could tolerate slight higher prices for BD more expensive laser etc..) If HD DVD could get away without SoC then why couldn't BD?? They could've implemented SoC later just like HD DVD will? Also having opted for BDJ over HDi why didn't make a decent library of codes available for Studios to least at make simple menus more polished?? I understand BDJ has much more top end potential then HDi hence one of the reasons they chose it but so far it ain't looking so. Why haven't they taken Warner aside and given them full access to everything BDA/Sun has? When Warner starts producing HD DVD equivalent BDs (and maybe even a little more?) it would be a good message to send. Also why haven't they pushed their storage advantage? It would seem space IS an issue. Later on with multiple audio options ( lossless PCM with TrueHD, DTS HD etc.) multiple extras options, HD extras, multiple interactivity options etc. etc. , and all this on top of optimum PQ. Space should become more of an issue later on. But it seems BD extra space hasn't been exploited at all. OR is this a disc yield issue and BDA don't want to bring attention to it?? I think that the BDA group haven't helped themselves. With all the right cards they played them in the wrong order. They appear are being outwitted by a better player with lesser cards. And those lesser cards are getting better by the minute! So thats what I think, what do you make of recent events?