Blu-ray still facing serious adoption troubles

By Justin · 39 replies
Jun 22, 2009
  1. i think its the cost of the actually Blu-Ray movies themselves Companys are charging £25 pounds per disc in the UK, Why?
  2. I've just gone through the process of upgrading my kit, new amp and Blu-ray player. All connected via HDMI and I've had no problems at all. The upgrade has worked well for me and brought new life to my old DVD collection (admittedly I have spend a fair amount of money on my purchases).
    The main problem from now is the price of the disks. Blu-ray looks and sounds great and my kit can take full advantage of the new surround formats etc but the price differential to go from DVD to Blu-ray is too much. DVD is still a fantastic format.
  3. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 70   +19

    I only use Blu-Ray disks to store data. You can get 50GB of data on a Dual Layer Blu-Ray disk.

    For movies, just like some other posters, the price difference between dvd\br is not worth the small increase in picture quality.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    And yet, this is exactly what you will find with all Sony products. They overcharge because they know there are sheep out there who will buy their higher-priced products without thinking because they know they're getting "quality items".

    It is also the reason VAIO notebooks are among the worst when it comes to reliability. Ditto for their other stuff like the PS3.
  5. oinari

    oinari TS Rookie

    Quite right. Why spend $700+ for a HDTV, $200+ for a Blu-ray player and then $30 or per disk, when you can just buy a 2 TB drive nowadays for $100-$200? Sony hasn't figured out that the consumer is the stiffest competition now. People are smarter, less frugal and more educated technologically.

    I do, in fact, own a Blu-ray player, 40" HDTV and a small growing library of movies. However, I am very selective with the movies I purchase due to prices. My wife and I spend way more time watching digital channels on that TV than watching movies. The majority of the movies we do watch are via my PC, which also has a Blu-ray drive that is hardly ever used.

    I believe the only true victory Sony is swallowed up in was the opportunity to monopolize the next gen format market, justifying the high prices, and it's biting them in the ***. Blu-ray, in my opinion, is a better format, but so was laser disc.
  6. JDoors

    JDoors TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Just how many issues have been brought up here? Can ANY consumer electronic device defeat those odds?

    When DVDs were introduced it didn't matter WHAT you watched them on, the product was CLEARLY superior in EVERY way, even down to how much shelf space they required (compared to VHS tape). With BR the difference is "clearly" apparent only if you have a particular type of TV (what's the market penetration of HD-TV?), at the correct combination of size and viewing distance (too small or too far and the difference is negligable).

    Plenty of people have brought up the issue of BR player and content prices, what about the cost of upgrading your entire TV and music system to be able to enjoy BR's advantage to the fullest extent possible? Now we're not talking about a hundred dollars too much for a player, or ten dollars too much for a disk, many people would have to invest thousands of dollars to get a TV, sound system and an Internet hookup (with its continuing costs) to fully enjoy BR's technology. Then there's all the complexity in properly setting up such a system, and not only in hooking it up in its original configuration, but also with continually changing standards ... AND in this financial situation?

    It'll be an uphill battle for some time to come.
  7. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    I just bought a Samsung BDP-1500 and it plays BD discs beautifully. I dont have 1080p yet only 1080i. The problem I have and other people have with a lot of different Bluray players is that they are buggy and constantly need firmware updates to play newer titles. This include Sony, Panasonic, LG etc. My problem with the samsung is I'm having problems playing my own authored AVCHD discs which are used by many camcorders and are supposed to be playable. I paid $159 for a refurb unit at compusa and am still fiddling with it. I may just return and pay to 15% restocking fee. I just ordered a WD media player for $99 which together with an external hard drive will play almost anything digital including MKV 1080p files.
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    OMG! I rented a movie last year and found out after I tried to play it on my TV that I rented a Blu-Ray disk. So I thought I'd play it on my 22" small screen and plopped it into my PC BD drive and loaded up the OEM copy of PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 that came with it. I put my feet up, ready for a movie, and all of a sudden I got a big red screen that told me to upgrade the firmware. What a pain in the butt!!! Power DVD directed me to the latest version, for just $99 US dollars I could upgrade and watch my movie...

    Well it took me about a day, and several e-mails back and fourth, but I finally got the update for my player and I was able to watch my rental. I probably put in $150 dollars worth of my time and effort trying to fix this issue. And it seriously ruined the Blu-Ray Experience. Now I'm staying away from Blu-Ray since they can make my player obsolete any time they like.
  9. Bluray is struggling for two reasons in my opinion:

    1) Its not the cost of the player its the cost of the discs. Here in the UK the average new DVD is what £9.99? The average bluray - maybe £18.99? Most people are simply unwilling to pay £8-9 extra per disk.
    2) Services such as SkyHD and online downloads (of the legal variety) make the case for Bluray a little redundant. The quality may not be as good but the variety of programming more than makes up for it.
  10. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    Hello ..

    That's wierd ..

    I've seen cheaper Blu-rays than DVDs on some sites ....

    I think it's just people tends to wait and see or like said in the article .. it's mostly for HD TV content than movies yet the quality is different.

    Most HD TVs are lightly below 1080p/i or at 720p ...

    The price of BD-Rs also makes a difference....

    It's sorry to see that people would buy into Blu-ray players when cheap Blu-ray burners & media would be available on the PC for them to steal people's hard work !!!

    Well that can be a great strategy for some manufacturers !!!

    Pay for quality .. no one will regret!

    I'm ordering some blu-rays btw ...

    Cheers !!!
  11. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    blue ray is great for the movie and game industry because it hasn't been hacked yet ! and there not losing millions,
  12. I myself own 2-hd-dvd players the xbox 360 hd-dvd player an a Blu-ray player/burner for my pc.
    I do not buy blu-ray dics at all(rent only).I had a stand -alone that I sold 2 weeks ago for $100 usd for the simple reason that I was able to buy my blu-ray burner for my pc for $69 usd and it has better features.My pc is also hooked up to all 3 of my hdtv's and I send content to them all at once or independently.With my subcription to Dish Network HD programming and HD digital downloads I see no reason to buy blu-ray.Plus I see Hd-dvd as the better investment.I paid just $50 for the 2 hd-dvd stand-alone player and $30 for the xbox 360 hd-dvd drive.They all upscale to 1080p,were all cheaper than a blu-ray player or a dvd upconverter and HD-Dvd and DVD movies are dirt cheap(I got Transformers 1 Hd-DVD for a $1.99 brand new at same movie in blu-ray is $24.99)And With a netflix and blockbuster account(8.99 a month) I get about 8-10 blu-ray movies per month.With the blu-burner in my pc I can backup any of these that are worth keeping.So for me there is no reason at all to buy blu-ray disc let alone a stand-alone player.With the downloads, streaming,rentals,and satellite tv I have more HD content than I know what to do with.My advices get a cheap HD-DVD player of ebay or buy a dvd upconverter that supports divx ,mp4 and DTS(Wal-Mart has A upconverter thats supports those formats for $59usd)If you have the money and a decent pc get a blu-ray drive for your pc off of ebay $69-$135usd and a $50 dollar video card that supports hdmi, then you can download, rent and stream HD content.
  13. I don't think the root problem is price (although that certainly exacerbates it), we had the same situation with DVD over VHS - prices for VHS titles hit rock bottom, while DVDs and DVD players were both fairly expensive, however there were convincing reasons for the average consumer to go out and upgrade to DVD, such as bonus content, no more rewinding tapes, etc. With Blu-Ray, there is essentially nothing, other than a higher resolution, and frankly the majority of people simply don't care about or don't even notice that.

    The audio industry hit the same wall when it came to CDs and DVD-Audio. These are pretty much the last physical formats before everything turns to downloads.
  14. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    I disagree. Do you think people would not notice the difference between standard definition and high definition. The difference is simply amazing and NOT unoticable. Not to mention the sound, it is also like night and day, DTS-HD and the like are incredible (if you have the right equipment) . As far as not caring, some do some dont. As for me, once I went hi-def I didn't want to go back.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    That is something the RIAA\MPAA have drilled into the ears of every impressionable consumer who doesn't know otherwise. Piracy does NOT affect game sales as much as you think it does, since the vast majority of people who pirate a game are not going to buy it in the first place, even if the game is pretty cheap.

    Also, copyright infringement =\= stealing. A copyright just grants monopoly status to the copyright holder so they can control and profit from their work. A copyright infringement simply infringes upon said monopoly status. If the monopoly status expires within a certain time, then sure, it's pretty acceptable, since the work eventually goes into the public domain. But if it drags on and on (an infinite copyright, if you will), it starts to impede progress, since by definition, a monopoly is a no-win economic situation.
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