Opinion: Top four reasons Blu-ray Disc will tank
Blu-ray players are still too expensive
Computerworld - And then there was one: Blu-ray.
The battle between the next-generation, high-definition optical disc formats was an exciting, if exasperating, contest to follow. But now that the smoke is clearing, and Blu-ray has officially kicked HD DVD's proverbial butt, why am I still waiting to buy a Blu-ray player? I mean, my colleague spent $1,000 dollars a year ago so that he could be the first one his the block to own one, and today, Blu-ray players are less than half that price.
I'm thinking that Blu-ray -- and high-definition optical disc ownership in general -- just isn't that appealing. I've watched Blu-ray movies on the best televisions money can buy in Circuit City, Best Buy and Tweeter, and while the picture looks terrific, it just doesn't have me reaching for my wallet the way DVDs did when they were first introduced. Maybe it's because it's an evolutionary improvement in video quality and not the revolutionary jump that occurred when DVDs overtook VHS tapes.
So I've come up with these four reasons why I -- and probably most of America -- won't be heading down to Wal-Mart to buy a Blu-ray player anytime soon:
1. Blu-ray players are more than four times the cost of standard DVD players. In fact, Sony just announced today that it will be releasing its next-generation player for a cool $400 this summer. Still too much. Experts say the magic number that will spur real consumer adoption of optical disc technology is $199. Some analysts predict we may see Blu-ray players for $199 by the holiday season, but I'm not holding my breath.
I've had a certain disdain for Blu-ray Disc from the beginning (even though I figured it would win the format war) because of the high price of the players. I know this is partly due to the fact that, unlike HD DVD, manufacturers had to change out their DVD platter-pressing equipment for the new format. But I can't help but consider that Sony and others may be keeping the prices artificially high because they knew from the beginning they had a leg up on HD DVD when it came to studio support.
2. Upgraded DVD players offer near-HD quality for a fraction of the price. Have you been in your local Best Buy, Sears or Circuit City lately? That's right, 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p output are all offered on these inexpensive players, and you can purchase upgraded DVD burners as well for about half the cost of a Blu-ray player.
- Top Five Reasons Why Customers Deploy a Flash 1st Strategy on EMC VNX Storage Read why with a FLASH 1st strategy, customers don't need to compromise between performance and TCO.
- Analyst: EMC's FLASH 1st Strategy Gain insight from analyst ESG on Flash storage and how the logic and value behind EMC's strategy for Flash.
- IBM FlashSystem At-a-Glance The IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution accelerates applications with enterprise-class advanced storage capabilities for less than the cost of disk.
- Top Reasons for Upgrading to Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs With Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs you can run more virtual machines and applications per server, cut your HBA installation and management time...
- What Does it Take to Deliver a Superior Customer Experience? The Two Top-Rated Online Retailers, B&H Photo and Crutchfield Electronics, Share Their Secrets Discuss practical CX tools and service methods such as contact center agents and the use of realtime speech analytics to help contact center...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily... All Storage Hardware White Papers | Webcasts
- Top Five Reasons Why Customers Deploy a Flash 1st Strategy on EMC VNX Storage
- IBM FlashSystem At-a-Glance
- 5 Customers Deliver Virtual Desktops and Apps to Empower a Modern Workforce
- IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Client Virtualization Software 2013 Vendor Assessment
- VDI and Beyond: Addressing Top IT Challenges to Drive Agility and Growth
- The Security Industry's Dirty Little Secret The debate over advanced evasion techniques (AETs)
- Augmented VPN
- Advanced Evasion Techniques for Dummies
- Reduce IT Burdens: Regulation, Legal Hold & Discovery
- Allay Risks in Application Rationalization and Modernization
- Analyst: EMC's FLASH 1st Strategy
- Top Reasons for Upgrading to Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBAs
- Top 10 Reasons to Strengthen Information Security with Desktop Virtualization
- Infographic: Top Use Cases for Desktop Virtualization
- Preventing Sophisticated Attacks: Anti-Evasion & Advanced Evasion Techniques
- Demand More, Get the Most from the Move to a Next-Generation Firewall
- Protect Against Advanced Evasion Techniques
- IDC Report: Optimize IT and Business Gains
- Mitigate Risk and Accelerate Time to Value
- Delivering Application Data On-Demand