$200 Blu-Ray Players In 2009?

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 6 2008 4:49 AM

Now that Blu-ray has won the format wars, many are wondering when the prices are going to start dropping, maybe even coming into line with HD DVD player prices.  Don't hold your breath:

The $200-player Blu-ray cavalry is at least a year away, according to Sony Electronics CEO Stan Glasgow, who we talked to today in New York. "I don't think $200 is going to happen this year. Next year $200 could happen. We'll be at a $300 rate this year. $299 will happen this year."

We're still keen on the PS3 as a Blu-ray player.  Sure it's a little more expensive than a simple player but you get Blu-ray, the ability to play the latest games, and it can even help cure diseases with folding@home.



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replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 6:30 AM
why would they ? blu-ray is selling ps3s. They will lose ps3 sales to people just wanting a blu-ray player if prices drop to 200. Hatred for sony +3000
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The $399 PS3 is still the best deal. And that's pretty ridiculous. HD DVD players were sub $200 a while ago. Blu-ray isn't even $300 yet! Usually the cheaper format wins. I mean, I'm fine with DVDs for now, but it just puzzles me that the format that won costs twice as much.

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replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 7:03 AM
I dont see why a third party couldnt do a sub 300 player. Samsung, Toshiba, RCA, Sharp ETC. Unless sony has some kind of deal where they cant undercut the ps3. Which would not suprise me. Have I mentioned how much I think sony is equivilent to a puss filled sore on the back of a tibetin mule.
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Kamrooz replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 7:59 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of a sony owned format -_-...

 I can't stand sony for certain things, this being one of them. I'd easily take a ps3 over these blu-ray players, I'd even get a monster of a folding machine out of it as well. With all the licensing fees needed, I don't understand why the movie production companies picked up bluray considering the licensing, fees, more expensive format. Even if their was buy outs for exclusivity, they are just going to lose that money slowly in the long run, compared to a HD-DVD based format which is cheaper, has better features/interactivity, etc.

Damn you sony! >_< 

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I also wanted HD-DVD to win the Hi-Def format war.. :(

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The capacity greedy side of me is glad that Blu-Ray won though.  25/50gb vs 15/30gb.  Pretty substantial.  Once the blank media gets cheap enough it'll be pretty nice to have that capacity to work with.

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ice91785 replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 11:30 AM
I bet....umm....Microsoft will release its own NEW format for HD media to the game -- Sony will think that its got the gold in Blu-ray but....."HighDefosoft" will usurp blu-ray with the backing of everything in the industry except Sony!

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I dunno.  I mean, Microsoft supported HD DVD and now it's dead.  And they are facing pressure to release a Blu-Ray Xbox 360 add-on.  If new formats keep coming out, one will never get cheap enough.  Just look at the price for 1 blank Blu-Ray disc, yowza.

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Kamrooz replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 1:33 PM

 Crisis: Size was not an issue, they made tripple layer HD-DVD's that could store 45 gb worth of data.

 

 Honestly...If Microsoft atleast integrated the HD-DVD drive into their system, the format war would of went completely the other way. Yes sales would be lower for the 360, but HD-DVD would of came out the winner.

Obviously though, throwing the Hd-DVD would hurt microsofts sales bad...so they would never take that route. The fact that sony owns both the PS3 and Blu-ray gave them an unfair advantage...force ps3 adopters to get a blu-ray drive and pay nearly 500 or 600 for the console...But the favor in the format war would tip for blu-ray...talk about greedy and scandalous. 

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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 6 2008 3:53 PM

 it would be nice when there cheap enough for pc i mean how wouldnt want a bluray disc as a backup

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Microsoft supported HD DVD and now it's dead.

I wouldn't say they whole-heartedly supported it....they just kinda seemed more like "Well....we don't really want to directly support our competitor (Sony) so I GUESSS we'll kinda back HD-DVD". I guess my point is, I don't think MS was really into the "format battle" as much as their resources would allow......

BUT!! This is all in the past -- now the focus is on Sony's CEOs thinking "we got 'em! how can we gouge them for more $$ now?" I am just waiting for something like differentl levels of blu-ray -- discs that come out full featured vs discs that only come out in like 720p that they'll call the economic line. Or maybe I am not a Sony fanboi and I am just being a negative-nancy about nothing?

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