HD 1080p Apple Movie Downloads to Kill HD DVD/Blu-ray?
While Robert X. Cringely was thinking the Apple TV might be a worthy opponent to HD DVD/Blu-ray, I think the whole iTunes user base could be the real threat to both HD formats. If Steve announces 1080p HD movie/TV downloads at Macworld in a few days, we would have a new huge group of people in the market for purchasing HD content without having to buy new hardware.
Anyone with a MacBook/MacBook Pro would have an HD movie machine already sitting on their lap. Both notebooks already support hooking up to a 1080p HDTV via a DVI to HDMI cable + digital optical audio output via headphone jack adapter. There would be no HDCP video card required, unlike what HD DVD/Blu-ray equipped PCs/Laptops require. I think the market could explode overnight, as long as Apple charges the same as they do now. A $9.99 1080p HD catalog movie download seems very reasonable, compared to what HD DVD/Blu-ray catalog titles cost at stores like Best Buy/Circuit City.