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Monday, October 30, 2006

From CNET: Among Tech Enthusiasts, Skepticism on Next-Gen DVD Formats

From CNET (full press release here)...

    CNET Survey Finds 81 Percent of Tech Enthusiasts Remain Skeptical About Which Next-Generation DVD Technology will be the Market Standard

    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2006--The overwhelming majority (81 percent) of tech enthusiasts remain skeptical about which next-generation DVD technology will be the market standard, according to a recent survey by CNET (Nasdaq:CNET)(www.cnet.com) and the Consumer Electronics Association. The study, CEA / CNET Tech First Panel: Next-Generation DVD, gained information about early technology adopters awareness of, and interest in, high-definition capable DVD players as manufacturers prepare to release several players that run on varying formats.

    Although awareness of the new technology is high at 85 percent, a number of issues are contributing to early adopters' desire to own the new high-definition players. These include:

    The Format Wars - The overwhelming majority (81 percent) say they are unsure of which of the available technologies will be the market standard

    Price - Nearly three-fourths (74 percent) are concerned about the cost of next-generation DVD players; 62 percent worry about the cost of next-generation DVD movies