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Blu-Ray Prices Going Up

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
We all saw this one coming, right? In the battle of the next-generation high-definition format, Toshiba's HD DVD's primary selling point was always its relative affordability. Now that HD DVD is out of the running, that whole free-market thing isn't doing much to drive down the price of Blu-ray players. The inevitable march toward disk ubiquity seems to mean that Sony can charge whatever it wants.

As a result, Blu-ray drives are now at the most expensive they've been all year, according to TG Daily. Where competition had driven Blu-ray player prices down to near $300, the site is now reporting $400 as the average price for a player. Prices are up across the board since February, when Sony was looking to deliver the death blow to Toshiba's format (already weakened by Warner's pre-CES pullout).

Matters are further complicated by the fact that Sony plans to release disks with advanced issues toward year's end. Good news, except that since there are no players on the market with Internet capabilities save for the PS3, users with older units will not be able to take advantage of the features fully --or get firmware upgrades for their devices.

It's almost enough to make you miss HD DVD.

http://www.gearlog.com/2008/03/bluray_drive_prices_highand_ri.php

I keep seeing people ruining HD-DVD threads, but this just goes to show that gloating isn't always the answer as now Blu-Ray no longer has competition then it's prices won't be dropping at any point soon.
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
People not buying them will force them to drop the prices, I've no plans on buying a HD TV for £400+ for at least 5 years
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Im not sure its too much of a crisis, as the OP has said, currently the best Blu-ray player on the market is the PS3 because of it ability to be updated over the internet to comply with updated standards (i.e 1.0 to 1.1 etc). Last I heard the PS3 was the only 1.1 complient player on the UK Market!! And the ongoing battle with the Xbox 360 will mean that the prices of the PS3 Hardware will continue to stay at this price, if not drop following the recent 360 price ruduction! Already you can get a PS3 for £260 and under.

The main issue wouldbe if the Disk prices started to rise, at the moment I dont think that is happening (although I may be wrong?)

Anyway, at the end of the day all the HD argument is for a very small proportion of the population, most people are happy with DVD quality films and DVD upscaled quality films. Blu-Ray wont really matter that much until a good few years (as mentioned above) when more people have HDTV's and know what the hell HDTV means!

P.s. I am a PS3 owner, just so you dont think im a MS fanboy :-)
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Stelph
Im not sure its too much of a crisis, as the OP has said, currently the best Blu-ray player on the market is the PS3 because of it ability to be updated over the internet to comply with updated standards (i.e 1.0 to 1.1 etc). Last I heard the PS3 was the only 1.1 complient player on the UK Market!! And the ongoing battle with the Xbox 360 will mean that the prices of the PS3 Hardware will continue to stay at this price, if not drop following the recent 360 price ruduction! Already you can get a PS3 for £260 and under.


On top of this, when MS bring out a Blu-Ray add on for the 360, I can't see it being sold for over the £100 mark, or it just wouldn't sell, especially as many 360 owners will be buying it to replace their HD drive.
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lumoruk
People not buying them will force them to drop the prices, I've no plans on buying a HD TV for £400+ for at least 5 years



While in theory this is true, in practise people will still buy no matter what the price, as we just have too much surplace money....bring on the depression!!!!!
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maybes the person who wrote the article was never a blu-ray fan.
Where competition had driven Blu-ray player prices down to near $300, the site is now reporting $400 as the average price for a player.

Is that a $300 average or $300 for the cheapest model, the latter i'd imagine.
How near was is to the $300, it would have been higher but how much, otherwise the article would have read under $300.
As we all know blu-ray is the one to rule, consider the period since HD-DVD pulled out and now and then consider the same period length prior to the announcement, the proportion of the players made on this side of the announcement would have increased by a fair bit. Are companies expected to pitch their players at the suspected lowest mark of $300, hardly. And so an increase in players pricing above is expected to increase the overall average.

The article is way too biased. Maybes you could say that about mine too.

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