Blu-ray prices could soon get red-hot By DAVID COLKER Los Angeles Times Is it time to go Blu? Now that the format war with HD DVD is over, should hi-defMessage 1 of 2 , Feb 23, 2008View SourceBlu-ray prices could soon get red-hot
By DAVID COLKER
Los Angeles Times
Is it time to go Blu?
Now that the format war with HD DVD is over, should hi-def television
owners rush out and buy Blu-ray players?
If you're looking for a good price, this could be the time to jump in.
"The prices of Blu-ray players were forced down by the war with HD
DVD," said Richard Doherty, research director of Envisioneering Group.
That price, which headed downward during the holiday buying season, is
now about $400 for a mainstream Blu-ray player.
"Don't be surprised if they start to go up this summer," Doherty said.
Manufacturers of the players, such as Sony Corp. and Panasonic, will
justify the higher prices with added features, he said. Basic models
might become hard to find.
"I would not rule out Sony coming out with a model that has network
video," Doherty said. "You could take your vacation videos and send
them right to someone's HDTV."
Another possible enhancement a jukebox-type player that could be
loaded with multiple Blu-ray discs.
By the end of the year, upgraded Blu-ray 2.0 players are expected to
hit stores with online connectivity as a standard feature.
If you don't care about having the latest and greatest, this might be
the time to buy.
Still, no matter what enhancements come along, prices on consumer
electronic goods always seem to head down eventually.
Take, for example, DVD players that sold for $1,000 and more when
introduced in the United States in 1997. Now they're commonly
available for less than $50.
But Doherty thinks prices for Blu-ray machines will not plunge quickly.
"This is a really advanced laser system."
I disagree. Jacking up prices at this point would just kill Blu-ray as a format. The prices may plateau for a while but the price for a base player will remainMessage 1 of 2 , Feb 24, 2008View SourceI disagree. Jacking up prices at this point would just kill Blu-ray as
a format. The prices may plateau for a while but the price for a base
player will remain in the $400 or lower range. Remember, they still
have to compete with the PS3, and that price will not be going up. If
the other manufacturers can't match that price, they will just be
handing the market for Blu players over to Sony. It's a myth that Blu
has no competition. Aside from internal competition amoung the various
manufacturers of Blu-ray hardware, there is also still Standard DVD.
BD will not become a mass-market product while charging an absurd
premium over DVD, either for players or software. I'm sure they didn't
put all that money and effort into winning the format war, just to
turn around and commit format suicide.
Don't expect prices to drop immediately, but I wouldn't be surprised
to see sub-$300 Blu players by Xmas. This will be the first holiday
season with the market to themselves and they will want to make sure
that it's a big one, at least relative to last year.
On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 10:11 PM, Morrow <geekdimension@...> wrote:
> Blu-ray prices could soon get red-hot
> By DAVID COLKER
> Los Angeles Times
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