..or at least take a very long time to do so... DVD players are the biggest selling new technology ever, right? Yes, because you can plug a DVD player into your TV and enjoy some of the benefits without spending any more money. I bet the vast majority of DVD player owners watch DVDs in Stereo or Mono through their TV. Multi channel audio requires an AV amp, 5 speakers, a sub and lots of cables. Something which simply won't happen in an awful lot of homes. Wives won't allow it. Lack of space in our tiny little houses with fire places and bay windows and 'L' shaped rooms won't allow it. Low disposable income due to low standard of living won't allow it. 'Rip off Britain' factors won't allow it. And here's another very good reason from the perspective of a musician. Or ex-musician, I guess would be more accurate. Music is supposed to be in stereo beause we have two ears and never stand in amongst the instruments when they are being played. Infact all the amplification (if there is any) points out towards the audience. Musicians in an orchestral line-up are positioned in a semi-cricle facing the conductor and audience. Strictly speaking the only sound in any surround speakers should be the ambiance of the room which would consist of a general mush of music and audience (if there is one) reverberating around the room (if there is one). If us purists harp on about watching movies in the aspect ratio the director intended then we are hypocrits if we listen to (originally 2 channel) music in anything other than stereo. And those few DVDs containing multi-channel music (>2) which have specifically mixed that way may be interesting to listen to but are ultimately contrived.I bet if you were to stand in amongst the orchestra during the 1812, it would sound like a horrendous mess. Instruments coming at you from all sides. And certainly not what the author intended. Ok so we can re-invent music using 5.1 channels for a terrific surround experience. But how the hell are you going to reproduce it live?