especially when moving lots of data, are inevitable. The infrastructure's reliable enough for YouTube-level videos to be transmitted regularly (most of the time), but not 1080p.
Consider - most people's home networks are much faster than their internet connection, even if they're using 802.11g. Try sometime to stream a full 1080p video over wifi - under ideal conditions, maybe it'll work.
Together, 2 and 3 are an argument. All other things being equal, there's pressure (from both consumers and producers) to settle on one format, and no other format for now has the necessary capacity and is in mass production.
Not a guarantee the way CNET portrays it, no, but still an argument.
True. However, Blu-ray has no benefit at all unless you have an HDTV. What they are saying here is that the potential market for Blu-ray will increase. It's not that 4 is an advantage for Blu-ray, it's that a disadvantage will become less of an issue.
I dunno about that. Blu-ray was definitely a deciding factor in our getting a PS3 over the 360. We subscribe to Blockbuster's Netflix clone, so Blu-ray or DVD is the same price for us, and I generally pick Blu-ray when available. For dramas and chick-flicks, it's worthless - "27 Dresses" isn't any better in Blu-ray - but for special-effect movies, it's much nicer. I got "Iron Man" on Blu-ray for xmas 'cause it's that much better than DVD.
At the very least, you can look at it like 4, increasing the number of people who see Blu-ray as an option. (Especially as the price of discs comes down.)
Yeah, wishing doesn't make it so. Those don't belong on the list.
Blu-ray's success is by no means assured. However, I don't think its downside is quite as ominous as a lot of people portray. I would love for internet speeds to become fast enough to make full-HD downloads feasible in the near future, but I don't see that happening. I figure we've got about a decade before we don't need some kind of physical media to transport that many bits reliably, in bulk.
But (a) it's not enough for high-end video yet, and (b) it's not reliable yet. Fluctuations and lag,