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5/16/2008

Forget the naysayers, Blu-Ray is marching into homes

I've noticed that recently a lot of have begun to , citing slow release schedules and sales figures below expectation for their disappointment. Could it perhaps be that to begin with?
The sad part about this is that it is coming for supposedly respected sources, such as the industry trade papers. I for one do not share their sentiment but let's face it, many of to begin with.
Repeatedly now I have seen analysts and writers claim that Blu-Ray is going to be the next Laserdisc – a small niche within the market that caters to no one but the most hardcore cinephiles. This is an utterly , of course, as Blu-Ray is already way beyond Laserdisc status. What these eternal naysayers are forgetting is that thanks to the widespread hardware base of the PS3. Gamers are not cinephiles and yet they use their consoles to watch movies. Also, they seem to forget that Laserdisc painted itself in the corner at the time because of its entirely unrealistic price point of $100 per disc and more.
All things considered, . Many people expected it to take off like a bottle rocket the way DVD did but that's always been unrealistic because it is inherently a much . The gap between VHS to DVD was huge - no more rewinding, no degradation of repeat playbacks, higher resolution, no degradation over time, better sound, better colors, smaller cases, and so forth, all made DVD an easy sell and a guaranteed success. With formats like Blu-Ray many of these benefits that helped DVD are no longer there and you're looking at selling a format that offers improved picture and slightly improved audio. Of course, people will be slow to jump into it, especially after witnessing the . Blu-Ray is safely on its way to become the home video standard of the future and if you don't believe me, just sit back and watch. Let's talk again five years from now.




Bob
Standard dvd's cost in the $10-$15 range and Blu-Ray's are $25-$40. When the manufacturers realize that 2-3 times the cost of the same thing on regular dvd is unrealistic & lower the prices accordingly, sales will start to take off. I'd love to get some movies in hi-def, but there are just some that don't need it. Star Wars - definately. Stripes - why? If the Blu-Ray cost was $5 more than standard dvd, I'd pick them up for the improved quality. But at double or triple the cost, they won't be getting any of my money.

6/10/2008 9:14:20 AM


Guido Henkel
Since a good number of Blu-Ray discs already have a $29 suggested retail price, they actually sell just above $20 in many stores. Plus there are a good number of DVDs that actually carry a $34.99 price tag, I think this discussion whether Blu-Ray Discs are too expensive or not is just ridiculous. Okay, so they cost $5 more than DVDs, big whoop. At least you get something in return - a presentation that knows any DVD out the window.

6/5/2008 9:55:34 AM


steve-o
Pooor bitter Mike, he made the wrong choice and picked HD-DVD, now he is mad at the world! :)

6/4/2008 10:39:59 AM


Fred
Most laserdiscs were sold at places like Suncoast for MSRP aroiund $40. Sometimes as low as $30 or as high as $50. Discounting was rare back then. Todays BD through Amazon, Costco can be had for $28 or less. Still too much money though.

5/31/2008 6:34:52 PM


Ray Van Horn, Jr.
You are on-point with your commentary, however, I personally feel the rut is generated by a sluggish economy, one in which these technohounds and market exploiters are trying to ramrod a format change when nobody has the money to invest in hi-def t.v.s much less the Blu Ray players and DVDs, which sometimes cost twice or thrice a standard DVD.

In this budget-forced economy, to be told to change your format yet again after DVD killed off VHS, which we had already built monster collections with, this is overkill and I personally don't mind watching these greedy corporate tech dweebs be told "hell no, we won't go," if even for awhile before the government imposes its will on everyone to buy hi def t.v.s Should be interesting in the future since most of us are broke just buying gas and groceries. I am sick and tired of watching format changes out the wahoo, but then, I am of Generation X and was certainly complaisant with my primitive Atari 2600 and vinyl records. Now I don't want anything else beyond CDs

5/30/2008 4:08:23 AM


Guido Henkel
So did DVD until 5 years ago, and no one painted it as the next Laserdisc.

5/29/2008 9:52:35 AM


John E. Sparks
Well, it's too early to say it will be the future or if it be a niche like LD...BUT...it sure has the price of LD...$39.95.

What goes around, comes around!!!

5/29/2008 6:05:51 AM


Ian
I own more than 400 DVD's that, to my eyes, look absolutely great on my 50" plasma screen. If the studios think I'm about to start replacing them with blu-ray editions just because of their self proclaimed "victory" then they are VERY mistaken. The next time I start replacing my movies and concerts with yet another new format will be the day that they start releasing my favorite movies in 3-D hologram format and the action on the screen will come spilling out into my living room. Until then the studios can pound sand.

5/23/2008 1:13:01 PM


Mike
If it were up to people like you we would still be listening to AM radio and watch movies on black and white TVs over antennas.

Sorry, jackass. I love my high-def tvs, Sat service, HD-DVDs, etc. I'm not against technology - I'm against having Blu-ray shoved down my throat. It's an overpriced and buggy technology and now that the Format Wars are over, people are beginning to realize it and you spin lemmings are going to be even more hysterical that BR never gets much beyond the PS3 contingent, and that studios realize they were snookered into supporting a technology that will never be popular. Enjoy your "victory".

5/23/2008 11:36:06 AM


Guido
Oh God, Mike, what rock did you crawl out from? I am so tired of these retarded anti-Sony litanies and complaints about the rapid obsolescence of technology. If it were up to people like you we would still be listening to AM radio and watch movies on black and white TVs over antennas. Get real!

5/22/2008 9:02:30 AM


Mike
"Could it perhaps be that their expectations were simply not realistic to begin with?"

Nothing about Blu-ray has been realistic to begin with, but Sony was happy to flood the net with FUD about HD-DVD because they already had their player out and wanted to destroy the competition, no matter what the cost. People that bought earlier non-PS3 players are now discovering they're obsolete, and the studios are caught between people complaining about grain on the older movies or wiping out detail, not to mention the cost of remastering the films, putting them out on Blu-Ray, then trying to convince the public that the films are worth a premium price. Sure the cost will come down eventually, but my guess is that Blu-Ray may have won the battle over HD-DVD, but has lost the war to a flood of alternative technologies now starting to come down the pike. As an owner and admirer of the reasonably priced picture-equal HD-DVD, all I can say is, Rot in Hell, Blu-Rayers. We told you destroying HD-DVD would not make Blu-Ray

5/21/2008 12:23:08 PM


Shawn
I am one of those individuals who is watching blu-ray courtesy of my PS3. I have only 2 blu-ray discs so far because I see no need to replace my current collection of DVDs with blu-ray unlike many years ago when I replaced my VHS movies with DVDs. As more current movies come out in blu-ray, such as Iron Man and Indy 4, I will buy them, and I think many others will as well. With blu-ray players in Canada hitting the $300 now, and more high profile blu-ray releases on the way, I think the increase in sales these industry people were looking for is just around the corner.

5/21/2008 11:29:03 AM


MBD
I'm afraid that I go along with the niche predictions. If it's going to take 5 years for Blu-Ray to really take off and become the standard, it's lost, because by that time there will be some new technology that the studios will be pushing. Unfortunately, I think that the only way that Blu-Ray will get a real foothold is for the studios to stop supporting regular DVDs altogether and just support Blu-Ray. The downside of that, of course, is that that action would probably cause such a huge public backlash that many people will stop buying movies on any format. I, for one, would not toss out my huge library of catalog titles on DVD and start replacing them with Blu-Ray. How many times and in how many formats can the studio morons expect us to buy THE GODFATHER, CASBLANCA, DIE HARD, STAR WARS, etc. Enough is enough!

5/20/2008 5:02:06 PM


Chris
I would love to buy a Blu Ray player but am not shelling out $400 (or more), once the price drops I will gladly upgrade. I suspect once the greed has subsided and a person can buy a player for $200 you will see numbers really take off.

5/20/2008 9:19:05 AM


Guido Henkel
I'm not sure which site you've been reading, but we've always been Blu-Ray supporters. No one here's been flip-flopping at all but in the interest of our readership we have, of course, been covering both formats. Simply because we didn't take a fanboy attitude like some other site, slamming everything related to HD-DVD, doesn't meen that we have always been Blu-Ray supporters here all along. HD-DVD did have its good sides as well and we were even-handed enough to point these benefits out, but it was always clear to us that Blu-Ray was the better of the two formats.

5/19/2008 10:06:37 AM


Rich
after watching this site completely flip flop from being an HD-DVD supporter in Fall of 2006 to hailing blu ray as the second coming, I'm not sure what to believe anymore.

5/18/2008 9:11:24 AM


Larry
Although laser discs were too expensive, most of them were in the $35-$40 range, not $100. Image Entertainment was signlehandedly responsible for raising the average price when they entered the market and assumed distribution rights for many other labels. Unfortunately laser disc suffered like HD DVD from being supported by principally one manufacturer - Pioneer. It was a great improvement over VHS and Beta, but hobbled by its clunky size and one-hour maximum play time per side. (and high cost).

5/16/2008 10:35:10 PM


Paul
Hurray... clap clap clap...
I totally agree with this, and download movie as iTunes is going to do is just for those who still don't buy the expensive Blu-Ray's and mostly buy the low price DVDs or illegally download there movies for free.
And still, movie lovers just like to hold a good case and disc in there hands and show them to there friends, and proudly say "Look what I bought today".

5/16/2008 1:00:52 PM






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