There is small chance that both Blue-Ray and the HD-DVD may be stillborn!!!
OK, I'm some what cynical, this is because I lived throught the VHS/Beta wars and the Video Disk wars.
I think all the parties involved should be locked in a room and nobody gets out untill there is ONE HD-DVD format. John
In David Katzmaier and David Rudden's first look at the HD-A1 they state the following,
"All HD-DVD and Blu-ray players will output high-definition resolutions only via copy-protected HDMI outputs, so people whose HDTVs don't have HDMI (or DVI/HDCP inputs) will have to settle for the downconverted analog image that's little better than standard DVD"
This may not be true and I think is the result of fear mongering by the media. During a recent Q&A Sony's Don Eklund stated that they have no immediate plans to implement ICT. Now this only applies to Blue-Ray.
ICT is the technology that prevents the player from outputting HD on the analog outputs.
If the HD-DVD camp implements ICT and Blue-Ray does not then HD-DVD will be stillborn.
Finally I think the CNET editors need to do more research into their comments,many people rely on their advice.