QUOTE(bucko @ Aug 19 2008, 10:53 PM)
Buy a PS3 or a Cheap Blu-Ray player, instead you will be waiting years for Blu-Ray on the 360. If the DVD player can't be good can you really see Blu-Ray being good? HD-DVD was only good because MS fully supported the VC-1 codec, I think that is in Blu-Ray now but imho Sony has most input so I think it be a crappy player anyway. I think MS is doing the right thing and purely focusing on games. They have netflix anyway and Video Market Place.
And I'm still waiting for TV shows in the UK! I want all of Family Guy HD on my 360 HDD 120GB!
Even still, the HD-DVD add-on is not nearly as capable as a standalone player. There's an archived news article here on xs about a site that did multiple tests, and the add-on just paled in comparison.
I doubt Sony has a tremendous amount of hold over the decision, and even if they did, why wouldn't they license it (more money for them)?
Ultimately, if you want Blu-ray, go get Blu-ray. No point in waiting for a sub-par player, other than small budget. If the latter is the case, I'm sure before we see a Blu-ray add-on, we'll see at least a sub $200 standalone.