Year in CE
Of course, when it comes to such formats, the content is the driver. Sony announced that, this spring, MGM and Sony Pictures would release 20 prerecorded titles in the Blu-ray format, while other studios, such as Paramount Warner, Lions Gate and Disney will also offer titles. Approximately 100 are speculated to be available. HD DVD also promises titles in the spring, including Warner's Batman Begins. Other titles are being released from Universal Pictures and Paramount Home Entertainment. Toshiba is also prepared to ship a retail display unit that can showcases its player as well as titles (which can be sold by the dealer) and connect to a high definition display.
Of course, there have been some missteps. Though it was reported that Sanyo Fisher would introduce an HD DVD player in March, a company spokesperson at CES told Dealerscope that the company has reversed the decision to ship a player in the United States for the foreseeable future, though Sanyo Fisher may function as an HD DVD component manufacturer for other companies interested in building players.
Another potential frustration for retailers and their existing customers is the problem of high-def incompatibility. Both HD DVD and Blu-ray players will only pass their high definition content over an HDMI connection. This presents a problem for early adopters with high definition monitors that do not have such a connection—these customers may be left in the lurch.—David Dritsas