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.
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
JOKING DEFENCE FORCE IM JOKING LOL:)
. @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.
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.
"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.
Does this mean that we should see any great price drops in hardware or mediain the future?
It is good that they aren't being shy because people do need to know. I just hope the price comes down otherwise the average joe isn't going to go buy a blu-ray player right now. Lower prices = faster transition from DVD to blu-ray. I agree with people that the $400 price tag doesn't look good but that doesn't mean you should automatically buy a PS3 instead. The 1400 can do more than the PS3's blu-ray player right now (this could change though). People with new HDMI receivers will want a stand-alone, that is unless the PS3 can be updated through a firware update to bitstream TrueHD and DTS HD. But then again the PS3 does have the ethernet port and can be updated to profile 2.0. I just hope all players get standardized sooner rather than later. I want full HD audio and profile 2.0 compatibility. Looks like i have to wait for the BD50 :-S. I have to say though, for the average joe with average or older AV equipment, if you want a blu-ray player then the PS3 is the best bet right now.
They'd tell major retailers to push the Playstation 3 as their top Blu Ray player. Same Price Point (Also the cheapest) Easiest to Update (Firmware) Best Overall Performance I guess a player is a player though...
Yeah let them do that then they can have tons of stand alone players on shelves because everyone bought a PS3. I cannot stand you Fanboys your the reason I never bought the PS3 and did not buy PS2. I dont hate Sony products I had Ps1 and have a PSP. Its just you guys act like nothing is better than Playstation you dont work for the company so why do care so much about eliminating competitors. Having choice is a good thing, but you Fanboys wouldnt know anthing about that since Sony just shuved it down your throats. Lets just say Sonys Blu-Ray never took off now you have a console with an obsolete format. Its about games and if Sony never took the chance with the first Playstation and it was great. I'm not saying that any of their other consoles have sucked. I'm just saying its not evertyhing.
digital distribution fixes everything , moron dont even have broadband
How is his even news?
1st Blu Ray player will be the PS#3
If you dont get a ps3 when you do decide to go blu , theres is something totally wromg with you , unless its 199 for a blu ray player that wont be so dumb..
and your getting alot more for your money.games,games,games,blu ray player,web browser.blue tooth and wi fi.its the deal of the century!PLAY and WATCH B 3 Y O N D !
It's funny because most people at best buy would probably think "wtf is a format war?"
That is why I would never trust a Best Buy clerk to tell me whats good and whats not. I will do the fking research myself I dont need a mindless dork telling me what to buy.
Dark Sniper suggest buying PLAYSTATION®3,you both get a stellar gaming console and a Blu-Ray disc player in one for as low as $399,now that's a deal!
Like DVDs are going away anytime soon! LOL
1 helluva deeeeeel;)
that's a funny Best Buy add.
I think they're only showing relief that the format war is over, I know I am
I feel sorry for all the people who bought HD-DVD. If I had a HDTV set I know I'll be one of them. On the brite side HD-DVD movies are going to be so cheap buying the Bourne set on DVD is going to cost more. LOL
Blu-ray outsold not only standalones, but the movies of hd dvd christmas 07' (not including PS3). Blu-ray will pick up full steam, but Holiday 08' is when the ball will really roll. Player prices will be at least $199-$249 by then. Best Buy always fulfills my Blu-ray needs..lol
I'm one of those people who bought a HD-DVD player. The shame!!!!
oh well what can you do.
now it is time to kill xbox 360 customer support for the system. Xbots are so confused they think xbox is the best. Its not its the worst! the only console that malfuntions and has a three year warranty for only 3 red rings any other problem and your screwed. Xbox customers need to know that it is only the games that are great. Now if you dont support the system the games will come to another system. Ive bad mouth ps3 before my red rings and look at me now PRO-SONY!
where the f__k do you create these stupid, flamboyant fanboyistic dreams?
(btw-i seriously doubt youve ever had a 360-when mine red ringed, i just sighed and i think i punched my couch, but i didn't go all "ZOMG SUPPORT PS3 NOW!"-youre just saying that because youre afraid someone like me will call you out for your lies and you want to appease everyone because youre a coward(although technically you couldnt have any arguments anyways with your 1 bubble))
(btw #2-learn grammar)
Harry Potter knows the king of ma is very dumb. He knows that the king of ma is angry that the superior Playstation 3 with the superior blu ray format won, and the king of ma thinks hd dvd is still good for something. Harry Potter knows not to expect the impossible like Microcrap giving any customer support.
for consumers who have yet to choose a format. they know now that blu-ray is the latest format and can now choose without risks. rCrysis
The average consumer is going to say what will happen to regular dvd format. Oh it will eventuually be fazed out. Then people will say what the fk I just spent 3 years building my library. I have to start all over again. It was ok when the VHS was fazed out because it was a long time coming, but this is way too soon and picture quality isnt the difference like it was from VHS to DVD. I think Sony might have bit off more than they can chew this time around, but we will see.
cause now there is only one thing to push and it costs about 300 dollars more. I will eventually get a PS3 for games and bluray and would think most people would do that instead of buy a special dvd player that costs the same amount. ill wait for it to drop in price again.
seriously guys what is it?
This is Best-Buy from CANADA. Everything is a little bit expensive than usa.
Digital distribution is not the present and wont be the future for a long time.....
or atleast until more and more people can get faster bandwith at cheaper prices ...Start thinking fios 50Mbps as bare minimum in the majority of househoulds...
also HDD prices have to come down a bit more and increase in size cuz if one movie will take up roughly 25-50GB's on blu-rd and still not be in true full bandwith 1080p or even 1080i then theres no way we can have a digital library of movies ..
for the sake of not confusing anyone im not really going to go into that but just know we will NEVER see a truly uncompressed HD video signal...storage and bandwith are along away from it and anyone that is in the film industry knows it. (tech advances fast tho so might be in 20 years or so but im thinking next century)
ok now compression is good most people wont know a differnce anyway. In comes lossless or perceptionally lossless formats wich still will be around 5GB's per disk space per 20 minutes of video depending on the codec including sound depending on its bitrate and codec aswell.
this its whats going on with blu ray. When someone says True HD 1080P
they are referring to the limitations of blu-ray wich is the best consumer medium we have right now. So whatever codecs are used in our movies on a blu-ray disc it wont get better than that for a while so it is simply labeled true HD 1080p
Ill stop right there ..... Blu-ray will give you the closest to original picture Period and Only because of the size of its storage they can use a slightly lesser compression ratio.
Now for digital downloads, we are definitly not going to get blu ray sized downloads for a movie for the next X amount of years atleast for mainstream services but eventually yes we will ..when 20TB HDDs are the norm and internet bandwith to consumers significantly increases.
so with that said (im trying to be as brief as possible)
digital downloads are here yes ok fine but in order to make that possible a movie will have to be extremely compressed compared to the same blu ray disc movie in order to be in context with current generation HDD size and internet bandwith ....theoretically they can deliver blu-ray caliber movies digitally but who would waste that much time downloading a 25-50GB movie and waste that much space to store it after they pay for it..and then will have to delete it anyway
as far as differnces in quality it depends on the compression technique and codecs used but there will be a definite noticeable diffence .. go download some HD vids online and check the bitrates compared to quality and they are using Variable bit rates at that.
im going to leave it @ that and with all that said ...no mainstream digital distribution will not and cannot wipe out the still desired plastic discs
I hope this makes sense to you all im going to leave it at that but you can definitly find more info on this elsewhere
sorry for all the bad grammer typoes etc etc etc just free typing if you dont mind
At least you apologize for your, eh, grammar, but.....I totally agree with you on this point. My exact opinion in many respects.... Bluray was always king, was thought of before HDDVD (5 syllables and I hate it still) and it was also, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, just 20gb bigger in storage space. **** the DVD Forum and all that BULL**** were sincerely influenced by Microsoft and I applaud the new article that says there was a correlation between the 'HDVDVDVDDVD' companies. MY point exactly, a year ago. This victory was coming, I have been predicting it for three years now and would be very disappointed if this thing was carried out any longer than it was... downloads downloads downloads BAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! !!!!!!!!! Not every &(^*&^*()&^(*& ^)*(&^P(&*^ person wants downloads and 100gb of used space for movies and such. GET OVER IT PEOPLE. I would direct people to the very sad and sombre forum where people with 150+ HDDVD's try and console themselves that they picked the better format and are very proud of that decision hidefdigest--great reviews by the way Seriously, people, this **** is sad. http://forums.highdefdigest... On this subject I am an a** because I have had to deal with flaming retards who firmly believe that a data storage device that is 30gb is better than 50gb because there is PIP commentary on ALL models when the movie has it, which, a whole ten movies have it so............. Yeah, I would hack H D D V D to death with an axe and eat its blood, if only to acquire all of its supposed superior features. And then I would PIS* on it. Go figure. Edit: and yes, I have three bubbles because of a large gang of blatantly transsexual xbots: they gained on me, busted out tea & disc shaped crackers and then took all my bubbles. Mpiece, I as for the 1080p fiasco, yes, you are right on the mark there. Keep getting that opinion out or else people will one day think that 480p is just fine, they already do. I only own a Wii at the moment--streaming Tangerine Dream through Endless Ocean--but that will change and my large collection of AAA PS1 PS2 games that are unfinished--oldPS2 crapped out--will be played. Will look forward to maybe playing some online anywhere anytime, soon. Crank is the name. I have no Online friends, have never really played online, but hey have to start sometime, give me a holler on the site if you are ever playing **** in the near future--a year from now when I have a PS3 or a Wii, if you have--YES, friend codes are terribly homo but...................
I actually just went in to Best Buy and snagged an HDA-30 for $150. HDA-3's are going for $100. Not bad at all. If you have a fairly sizable HD-DVD library, then at least you've got a player for them, and it's a great up-scaling DVD player. It's all good.
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