With Blu-ray Disc the clear victor in the high-definition
format war, there are two possible directions for hardware pricing. Those
previously on the fence will regain confidence in the future of high-definition
movies and will purchase more players, causing prices to fall from economies of
scale. The other angle is that hardware prices will remain status quo due to
the fall of HD DVD.
Thankfully for consumers, it appears that at the biggest
Blu-ray Disc backer of all plans to make hardware more affordable as time goes
quoted Sony Electronics CEO Stan Glasgow on the continual price drops of
hardware at around $100 a year.
“I don't think $200 is going to happen this year. Next year
$200 could happen,” said Glasgow. “We'll be at a $300 rate this year. $299 will
happen this year.”
Should a $299 Blu-ray Disc player materialize, it could be
the first time that standalone hardware would be cheaper than a PlayStation 3 –
unless, of course, there are to be further price drops on the Sony console.
The falling prices won’t come from cheaper Chinese brands,
however, as Glasgow made it clear that the Blu-ray Disc Association has yet to
license any of the technology outside the larger electronics companies.
Sony recently announced its first Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0
BDP-S350 and the BDP-550 at about $400 and $500,
Other tidbits releases by Glasgow include Sony’s drop of
Memory Stick slots on its televisions, perhaps as another sign the format’s
under-acceptance. High-end televisions, though, sold well – with half of them
quote: W00T! Continuing this trend: 2011 - $0 2012 - World blows up from negatively priced BR players. That's how it ends, folks.
quote: You could get a BD-ROM for $130 today from Newegg...
quote: yes, but if you already have a HTPC, then there are no additional monetary costs, are there?
quote: Two years after that it's when I first got a DVD player for the house. This was 3 years ago and it was an under $50 player.
quote: I own 4 movies and the rest I just rent and rip if I want to keep it for a while.
quote: People will spend $1K on their fancy HDTV's, but refuse to buy a Blu-ray player until their <$100 at Wal-mart.
quote: Could anyone remind me why 20% bump in VHS-to-DVD resolution was OMFGAMAZING while a 300% DVD-to-BR resolution increase is barely worth mentioning? Esp. among the people who were sining the praises of HD-DVD a few months ago, only to retreat to "who needs HD anyway" position in the last several weeks?
quote: the explosion of digital downloads
quote: And then they'll offer all in one Home Theater combos and only after that cheapass Chinese companies will release $29.99 players.
quote: The falling prices won’t come from cheaper Chinese brands, however, as Glasgow made it clear that the Blu-ray Disc Association has yet to license any of the technology outside the larger electronics companies.
quote: I cannot believe people are still whining about HD-DVD's loss.
quote: I can't believe there are still Bluray fanboys gloating over the privilege to pay more money. Sounds like the Apple fanboys.
quote: This sudden price dip should be great for this holiday season.
quote: Blu-ray will have a significant (not to be read majority) market share by then compared to the minuscule percentage now.