It's obviously not a secret that Blu-ray came out on top of the world's most recent physical media scuffle, but Best Buy's Canadian branch is most certainly not being subtle about announcing said fact
Its good that they aren't being shy about it being over. The average person needs to know that they aren't going to be burnt by buying into blu-ray. If no ones tells them it'll take forever for the final transition to happen.
And they need to catch them before they go out and buy the $50 HD-DVD add-on.
To chose that Blu ray player over a 40gig ps3 even if you not a gamer it does so much more. I just purchased my second hdtv and bought a second ps3 to go with it and my friends were like why didnt you get a 360?? i was like the second ps3 is more of a glorified blu ray player..LOL.. Great for extreme warhawk matches... :)
Eh… That's just how we roll in Canada. @ ALItheWISE; Glad to hear that you, like Atlas, are keeping the economy strong and lofty.
So why not get a PS3?
Look at the strategy, price the Blu-Ray players the same as a PS3 and guess what most consumers will probably end up getting (well at least the informed ones). So as long as the Blu-Ray players are within a $100 range from a PS3, the PS3 sales will finally start to take off.
that $400 tag does NOT look pretty :/
...might as well just buy a 40GB PS3. Great console + a Blu-Ray player.
Well you know what they say: "you get what you pay for". Well worth the money in my experience.
Not for a standalone. However, it can now be considered a safe investment instead of a risk. It makes the price way way more endurable.
I remember when transitioning from a vhs to dvd that the price tag was also that high on some of the first DVD players. I recall paying about $350 to get the latest tech with component and optical hookups. Give it time and they'll come down in price.
They have them for $349 also. I just saw them in the store yesterday.
@2.4 Yeah, my first DVD player was $500.
yeah that's what dvd players used to go for when the people and retail stores started the ball rolling on what was a new format then. In 1999 dvd players used to cost around 400 dollars. I think they went down in price dramatically the following year. Notably when the ps2 came out.
I remember back in 99 when DVD players were close to or over $1000. At the time the cheapest DVD player you could buy I think was the PS2 if my memory serves me right.
i got my dvd player for 500 dollars back in 1999.
Only hi end users had a dvd player, now they go for like 40 $ lol ... I belive the retailers most be wasting money selling em lol
Im glad they are going this. It is important to inform the customers and push the newly crowned format.
HA! From those of us that saw Blu-Ray's victory from the start, it's good to spread the word out that there won't be another VHS vs BetaMax war and so much money wouldn't be wasted. I mean, honestly, HD-DVD technology would last, what, 4...5 years tops whilst Blu-Ray would have 10 years or maybe more. It's good that consumers didn't fall for the lower technology/price and decided to stick with something future-proof.
The funny thing is that I was just in Best Buy and saw Blu-Ray players cheaper than $399. They had a $349.00 Blu-Ray Player.
It's a Canadian ad, of course they're going to rip you off. Canadians get charged insanely more money for the same product that's immensely cheaper in the States.
DONT SCREW US OVER BEST BUY!
Probly beause, even thought the PS3 is a good Blue Ray player. The high end stand alones are better. This is a good move. Telling people that didnt want to buy beasue there was a war that its over. Nice best buy
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. @wage kid Digital Distribution is the present and the future. Ahahahaha Sure like in 5-10 years. You sound like that Toshiba guy.
Why are they pushin the old Sammy models!!! If you buy get at least the panasonic DMPBD30K...or wait on the DMPBD50K with BD LIVE support.
Agreed. The panny BD30 is in my opinion the best looking stand-alone player right now. I have high hopes for the BD50, i just hope it hits store shelves soon.
Why should Best Buy be shy about telling everyone who won the "alleged" format war?!? Don't they want to make money? Duh... I just kind of feel bad for those folks who were duped into buying cheap HD-DVD players late last year. Then again, I guess they should've taken the wait and see approach like most consumers. It was theorized then, and looks like truth now, that it was basically a purge of a dying product. This wasn't even close to VHS vs. Betamax in terms of a war. I'm willing to bet that people will forget about this more quickly since it's Toshiba losing and not Sony.
Snore. Who cares? I havent bought a CD or DVD in years, and Im not going to be paying for plastic discs ever again. Digital Distribution is the present and the future.
Are you trying to tell us that you completely used digital distribution during the era of the CD, I find that a bit hard to believe. The fact that there even was a format war implies that physical disks are still around.
@wageslave "Im not going to be paying for plastic discs ever again". I hope your retarded a$$ knows that the "discs" you put on your 360 are "plastic discs" too.
i havnt bought a dvd in yrs too all i buy is blu ray now:). I honestly don't think i will be buying dvd's ever again. Whats the point of buying lame boring old SD quality. I got to have that extra hi def quality to make me fork up that cash. Currently have 15 blu rays most of them are collections though MI3 collection Pirates collection spidey collection. Looking to expand get some other movies like dreamgirls unfortunately no movie has comeout that i really want
Actually they started in at around 400 dollars and up. Believe it or not I was an early adopter and have a reciept dated 12/30/99 and the player cost me $469.00 in canadian funds. So that about $400.00 us. This a toshiba brand and one the least expensive. Funny thing is when I read this post, receipt just happen to be on my desk.