HD DVD players aren’t competing because Toshiba dropped the format. No one wants to stock unsupported hardware.
Blu-Ray player prices are going up now that there’s no competition because of all the money the manufacturers lost on R&D;costs then were unable to make back because of the lower priced HD DVD players.
The PS3 is far and above the best Blu-Ray player available now for the exact reasons previously mentioned.
DVD will still be sticking around because, so far, Blu-Ray hasn’t blown people away like DVD did. The leap from DVD to BR is not as large as it was from VHS to DVD to people are taking their sweet time upgrading. And really, with the number of high quality Upscaling DVD players out there plus the constantly lowering cost of DVDs, why bother getting a full HD player? The only reason I have one is because I have my PS3.
As sad as I am to loose my physical disc, BR probably won’t even hit it’s stride before it’s replaced by pure digital formats.