More of a hypothetical than a poll, actually. There's already a decent-sized controversy about Blu-Ray and HD-DVD being HDMI-only (meaning a lot of pre-existing HD televisions won't be able to take full adavantage of the new format) and Ron and the HTF have been talking about organizing a consumer boycott. And now this little chestnut from The Digital Bits: I don't know about anyone else, but it looks like I'll be sticking with plain old DVD for the time being. Personally, I think that both hi-def format will flop HARD. 1) The HDMI compatibility issue, as well as the "internet" connections required, will tend to drive off the early adopters. Remember DIVX? 2) A format war will only harm both formats. You'll need one kind of player to play Sony/Fox/MGM movies,and a different player for play Warner/New Line/Paramount movies. It's going to be a pain in the ass for retail outlets to keep track of DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, and a nightmare for the casual consumer. 3) Despite what the talking heads on television are telling us, the economy is shit right now. Nobody -- save for IT people with large disposable incomes and gadget fetishes -- will have much interest in upgrading to snazzy new DVD formats when they're still paying out the nose for gasoline and in danger of losing their health insurance. And the required landline connections are going to drive away the gadget freaks. 4) Consumers are reluctant to upgrade from "killer-app" formats. SACD and DVD Audio haven't captured much consumer interest because most consumers are perfectly satisfied with CDs. I see DVDs doing the same thing -- unless there's a backward compatible, user-friendly format to replace them. And even then it's going to be an uphill battle. The battlefield is littered with dead formats -- Beta, DAT, minidisc (notice the Sony factor?) -- and I look for SACD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD to join them in the near future.