$200 Blu-Ray Players In 2009?

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.