Highlander at it again
Highlander, your posting without even a clue about what you're talking about is rather tedious, may I correct you on the following? -
"My my, so very very hostile. Not sure anyone said Toshiba would die because of this, it would be just a tad over th top to suggest that. Comprehensively humiliated would be about right."
I suggest you read comments on previous articles here at The Register where you'll see that a few people did actually suggest that Toshiba would suffer heavily/die as a result of HD-DVD losing, this couldn't be further from the truth as can be seen here.
"Taking a deep cold bath financially is also something that is certain."
Um, did you even read the article? Share prices are up, Toshiba's going to gain financially out of this, just not as much as they would have if HD-DVD had won - put simply it was win-win for them whatever happened, simply that this wasn't as big a win as they'd hoped.
"Downloads are not HD, and will not be HD for the best part of a decade. Even now broadband market penetration isn't sufficient to warrant DVDs going download exclusive, there are simply too many consumers without broadband"
What??? This makes no sense, both iTunes and the Xbox 360's video store provide downloable HD movies. Not enough consumers on broadband? May I point you here:
As you can see, the US alone has 66 million broadband subscribers, that means there is in fact 100's of millions of broadband subscribers worldwide.
"Not to mention the crap, and I mean CRAP, performance of DSL in many rural and small town areas. I visited my in-laws over the weekend and BellSouth's FastAccess DSL (more accurately titles SlowAccess) was barely able to muster speed that was appreciably faster than good dial-up"
Sucks for them, maybe they should consider satellite or some other alternative, meanwhile plenty more of us are enjoying perfectly fast DSL. I live in rural England and can still get 3mbps at least. Just about everyone can get a fast form of cost effective downstream through the likes of satellite and so forth, but many millions of people worldwide can get fast hardwired connection. Sweden/Japan and the likes are already going above and beyond 100mbps, whilst they're the extreme there is still millions of users with multiple mbps internet access.
"Sadly that is what a lot of consumers see. It's faster than dial up, but if you have real broadband it's painfully slow. It would take them days to download a DVD image, bit torrent or not. Downloads aren't seriously going to take hold until true broadband is universal."
True broadband is relatively universal, I have "real broadband", it's hardly painfully slow, I can download a full good quality 2hr film in just short of 45minutes. What has bittorrent got to do with anything? It's relatively slow, certainly more so than direct download services as offered by the XBox 360 and iTunes. When you don't even understand even the most basic details of downloadable content (i.e. you think DSL is no faster than dialup, you don't know that HD content exists in a downloadable form and you seem to think BitTorrent magically speeds up downloads) how on earth can you believe you're even partially qualified to comment on this type of thing?
"But hey, you never let facts deter you in the past, why start now eh?"
May I suggest you look up the term "irony" in the dictionary? Yet again, you completely and utterly fail to understand the very subject you're talking about, some of your mistakes of which could be corrected simply by reading the very article you're responding to.