Amazon numbers consistently show Blu-Ray with an immense sales lead over HD-DVD.
Toshiba is the only game in town for HD-DVD and is driving sales with firesale pricing. The 'BR camp' as you delightfully call it, consists of most of the CE industry and the majority of the movie/TV studios. Without fire sale pricing, their sales are holding up nicely in the face of desperate deep discount sales by Toshiba.
Dead? In our moment of triumph!?....HD-DVD is as lively as laserdisc was.
BD-Live, what's your point here? BD profile 1.0 players can play BD profile 2.0 discs. 2.0 mandates PiP, Net connectivity and 1Gb of local storage for downloaded content. None of that alters the playback of the movie, so the BD profile 1.0 player will continue to function just fine thanks. BTW the main extra feature of BD-Live is the inclusion of a mobile version of the movie that can be downloaded to a portable player such as PSP, can HD-DVD do that?
Blu-Ray has to catch up HD-DVD? Since when? Blu-Ray movies are and have been outselling HD-DVD by considerable margins in every market since day 1. Who's playing catch up again?
Blu-Ray is not owned by either Sony or Pioneer. Pioneer is certainly not a monopoly player in any way. Not sure where you are going there. Toshiba is the sole CE major involved in HD-DVD. The HD-DVD tech is more or less entirely owned by Toshiba. Seems like as usual people want to ignore the simple facts that HD-DVD is far more proprietary and Toshiba is close to being monopolistic in the HD-DVD market (by default since no one else wants to play).
Last thing. Toshiba is beating who exactly? Oh, that's right you are excluding PS3s. They do play Blu-Ray movies you know. Excluding PS3s from this discussion is rather like saying that anything except a stand alone CD player doesn't count, thus excluding car radios with CD playback, PCs with CD players, DVD players with CD playback and of course integrated music systems with CD playback. That simply wouldn't fly as an argument would it? Or perhaps discussing DVD players and exclusing PS2, Xbox, Xbox360, PS3, Wii, PCs, TVs with built in DVD players, DVD players in cars, portable DVD players with folding screens, after all none of them are stand alone DVD players that exclusively play DVDs...