While HDTV growth is still strong during the global recession, Blu-ray
adoption remains sluggish
. We obviously can't pinpoint the exact
reasons, but we have our guesses. The primary reason we figure the
format still hasn't taken off the way BD backers would like is price.
Even years after BD hit the mainstream, the price of admission is still
too high. Most players are still hovering around the $200+ mark, while
most consumers aren't yet willing to fork over that kind of dough to
see only "incremental" boosts in audio/visual quality.
Now, however, Vizio
is hoping to turn the tables with a $188 Profile
2.0 player that should mimic higher-end units costing far more. If all
goes well, it will debut exclusively in WalMart next month, bringing
with it YouTube/Netflix/Amazon Video streaming, 7.1-channel audio
outputs, HDMI and support for Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio.
So, is a $188 Vizio VBR100 just what it'll take you to jump into the
Blu-ray game? If so, do you really plan on taking advantage of BD-Live