Pricewatch - Over the past month we have been reporting on the pricing trend of Blu-ray Dusc players. As HD DVD faded away, prices of BD devices began to slowly creep up, to where they have now largely rested at around $400.
No they are not. They should do a price watch and poll N4G members and see how many people whine about BD's and PS3 been too costly.
The people who whine don't own one. I have yet to meet a genuine BR/PS3 owner who doesn't think they got their moneys worth. Edit: correct, hence the word "genuine".
yeah agree with you. Then again, most people on here who whine about the price are BD haters or and probably supported HD DVD and are still a little sour.
The PS3 and Blu-Ray won't be a true commercial success until it's adopted by the general public like the PS2 was. Price is a big issue to the general public, especially with the economy tanking..
I got killed in a story yesterday for suggesting that Sony and the rest of the Blu Ray Group are purposefully keeping prices at a premium. While you can easily find deals online for cheap movies. Blu Ray will never be considered "Mainstream" until your average Best Buy customer walks in and buys it off the shelf. I wouldn't call shopping many different websites for cheap Blu Ray "Mainstream". @Fishy... While I get my moneys worth. I think 90% of your "Average" customer thinks why the hell would I pay $400 for a player and then $35 a movie. It is true though, Once you go Blu there is no coming back to DVD.
Yeah I totally agree. I think my comment has been misconstrued, I wasn't taking about sale's, purely that I and all the owner's I personally know believe they got their money's worth. In regards to your point, your right the "mass market" will wait for prices to come down, even if thats a year or two. But the "mass market" do not own £1000 HDTV's, so trying to appeal the them is pointless from BR's point of few. Customers willing to fork out all that money for a fancy new TV will probably also be willing to spend a few more pounds for that BR player.
To me it's not the player that people are most concerned about, it's the cost of new releases. I simply refuse to pay in upwards of 25 dollars and sometimes 30 to buy a movie. I'd assume buy the DVD.
Once the prices of BD discs comes down to under 20.00 more people will jump onboard. But since Sony is controlling all aspects of the format, I won't be holding my breath for the price to come down.
And for those of you who will counter with; "There are plenty of BD movies out there under 20 dollars." I will answer, yes there are, however, I would like to think of a movie that I want to have and then go and buy it for under 20, not look at an under 20 list and choose what is being offered. That's nothing more than a clearance sale.
You guys need to step back and think for a second. First, a BD player is not an essentialy item. Therefore, if prices were kept artificially high, people would just stop buying it.
Second, yes consumers are largely willing to pay these higher prices. Retailers owe no allegiance to BD or Blu-Ray or manufacturers. If no consumers were buying the BD, they would lower the price to move the product. They haven't. Therefore, it is reasonable to deduce that yes, consumers are willing to pay the higher price.
Great point and well said. Bubbles.
By the way Amazon has a Buy 2 Get 1 Free going on from Today (April 9th) through April 18th. Selection is mediocre but still worth checking out since it is the first BOGO deal they have had since Blu Ray's victory.
on Amazon. They're always 30% cheaper and a lot of the time even more.
Ya fender, I have never even had a problem buying them used off of Amazon. They always arrive in perfect condition. I have even had 2-3 of them that I bought used that were still brand new. It is the best place to buy Blu's.
I'd heard that the prices of the players had gone up since HD-DVD was put out of its misery. I'm still not going to get one until they're under 100 bucks
Is why I haven't switched my DVDs over to Blu-ray and why I buy fewer movies. I'm not buying a DVD now. If Sony really wants Blu-ray to catch on they better do it before somebody puts out true 1080p upscaling TV...isn't Toshiba working on one? I think it acutally has a cell chip inside it. Can't remember though.
"true 1080p upscaling"
thast something that will never work. You can get better or worse upscaling, but you will never get the same quality as a 1080p movie by upscaling a DVD. You simply don't have 1:1 pixel information for that. TRUE 1080p is "true" because the movie contains data for every single pixel in a 1920x1080p matrix in every single frame. Upscaling won't magically conjure that data. Upscaling is great, but you will never get the same image quality.
Blu-ray is worth the cost. It's not super expensive, but it will pinch the wallet a little. :)
I haven't heard anyone complain about price when the representatives are explaining Blu-ray to them. Most people understand prices will eventually fall, but the consumer interest keeps growing daily. This isn't the stone age. This is the information age folks. :)
the only BD movies I own are the ones I got for buying the PS3 which just came last week after like 8 months. You think I'm going to pay that much for a fn movie you'll watch less or even once as time goes on. Let me know when a big selection of BD movies are in the Bargain Bin at Walmart. Right now the average consumer still don't know WTF Blu-Ray is and i can go outside right now and prove my point lol.
I mean why not? I am waiting on my AppleSeed: ExMachina on HD-DVD paid around £15 delivered whereas blu-ray was like £22 delivered and I still prefer HD-DVD.
See people without a choice companies will rip you off, if we still have hd-dvd you would have an option and prices would be better.
You all still think it would be best if say Sony was the only company making games consoles? Am pretty sure then the PS3 or PS3 would be more than double in price.
The only way to bring prices down is to stop giving in and paying the high prices in the first place kinda like boycotting EA games if you want them to wake up and realise crappy games dont sell.
Sony isn't the only company offering standalone BD players. There is competition in the market to drive down player costs. You don't need competition of formats. You only need competition of companies involved with said format. It's also been noted by Sony that they plan on having players at the 299 price point at the end of the year. It's a known fact that companies sell their consoles at a bare minimum price (sometimes a loss) because they make the majority of their money off of software for that console.
"See people without a choice companies will rip you off, if we still have hd-dvd you would have an option and prices would be better."
"You all still think it would be best if say Sony was the only company making games consoles? Am pretty sure then the PS3 or PS3 would be more than double in price."
It woudn't because then people would just buy a PC instead. The PS2 was basically without competition for many time and still it droped in price, because companies wnat to sell as many consoles as possible so that they get the real money from games.
"The only way to bring prices down is to stop giving in and paying the high prices in the first place kinda like boycotting EA games if you want them to wake up and realise crappy games dont sell. "
was awesome in blueray
i was worried i wouldnt like it but i love those types of movies. I spent 35 bucks on that movie...about the cost of taking a girl with me to the theater...
and thing is i can take more then one girl to see this movie now because its in my ever increasing list of BR flics
At $20 I don't mind buying a few movies but at $35 the value starts to trail off. I will stick with DVDs for kid movies and for myself - I do on-demand. On-demand isn't as good as bluray but it is good enough and the price difference 5 vs 35 makes it a no brainer. Some people say - yeah but then I get to watch it again for free. But the reality is that you have to watch it at least 8 times (if not more) to make the cost worthwhile. Not many movies I would be willing to watch 3 times, let alone 8 times. So I think the cost is going to prevent bluray from ever catching on - even DVDs are a sketchy value for most movies when you consider on-demand.
yet the sales and demand surge up. Nothing will stop blu ray.
For some perhaps. And those that think they're too high should stick with DVD until the current BD players and movies come down in price. At the moment, BD is on it's own and will make the most of thier hold in the HD market and make as much money off of early adapters as they can. I for one remember paying 80 bucks for the movie Alien when it was released on VHS so paying 30 bucks now for a movie of true high definition is no big deal.
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