CNET News.com reports: "Forget about customer satisfaction or superiority of image quality. The real issue in the war between Blu-ray and HD DVD was about royalties.
With the competition gone, the Blu-ray consortium now has the opportunity to persuade PC makers and consumer electronics makers to adopt Blu-ray drives as their optical drives of choice. It will also get studios and disc makers to deliver Blu-ray discs to consumers. And every time one of those drives or discs leaves a factory, the Blu-ray Disc Association will get a royalty."
Anyone who has been following technology for a little while can tell you about how Sony lost one of the most remember format battles. It was Betamax vs. VHS, which happened a few decades ago. Although now it has come full circle, Sony won the HD format wars between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.