So I am in the group that thinks BD is pointless, useless, overpriced and not needed.
A semi- decent internet connection and half a brain can rig you up a network capable of streaming pretty much anything films, tv, music, pictures, internet, radio etc etc etc to a decent sized TV.
A decent box (usually less than the cost of a BD machine) can output full 1080 HD via HDMI. (think 360, popcorn hour, PS3 although cost is usually more)
VM, SKY and a number of smaller outfits all offer video / music / films on demand and new releases in HD for a fraction of the cost of a BD, OK you can only watch it continuously for 24 hours but I can personally count on one hand the numbers of films that good I would sit through and watch them more than once and if I do its usually a good couple of years apart so I can afford to spread the cost of rental which is instant, I don't even have to do anything but lift my arm to point it at the box and even then if I moved the coffee table that part would become unnecessary.
Not to mention I don't have the clutter of BD in the corner of the room as I do standard DVDs
You can even rent / stream full HD over xbox and PS3 and there are many people who download content, or watch it over iplayer, skyplayer etc which again can be set up to stream to a TV or VM has iplayer built in.
The long and short of it is I can't believe the big manufacturers didn't see this coming, or maybe they did and it's just the markup on BD and BD players that makes it so expensive.
The future is clearly streaming. I read an article the other day that said 25% of the worlds largest servers are purchased by Google, IBM, Yahoo and Amazon so if they keep getting bigger and better they can load them up with back catalogues of every film / TV show / Album ever made (royalty agreements dependant)
So what I want to know is, is it just me and the people I know that don't see BD as a viable solution to our HD needs or is it a wider audience?
Or do people just not care about HD, I personally get my copies of Damages, Prison Break and Lost from America so I can have the HD versions so HD is the way forward for me and super widescreen TV eventually.
Open for debate.