Just do a search for user reviews of the only Blu-ray player for sale in the US right now. Samsung BD-P1000 and then compare between the HD-XA1 and it's pretty clear. The HD-DVD has a better picture, WAY less bugs, better update system, just about everything you can think of. I'm no where close to being rich enough to put-up with a $1k DVD player that was just launched and having tons of issues. I believe last figures show that the blu-ray stuff is being outsold almost 3-1.