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REPORT: Consumers Find Blu-Ray A Turn-Off

It's being touted as new must-have technology, but so far Blu-ray DVD has failed to catch on. This Christmas though, manufacturers of these new super high-quality DVD players and discs expect big things as prices fall.

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ThatCanadianGuy2863d ago

Misleading title.Blu-ray is only going up & up.

Sir_Ken_Kutaragi2863d ago

REPORT: European and Japanese Consumers Find xBox 360's DVD Drive and Console A Turn-Off!!! ;)

ThatCanadianGuy2863d ago

4 disagree's? lol i guess 4 people didn't read the article..

GiantEnemyLobster2863d ago

Almost as big of flop as UMD discs, LOL.

Downloadable Media will kick blurays little butt. Microsoft has already proven this by adding the EXTREMELY popular NETFLIX service exclusive to Xbox 360 owners. Sorry PStards.. have fun with your $30 movies while I can download mine in the same quality for $7 a month. LOL, I WIN.

ThatCanadianGuy2863d ago

LOL! i forgot how many idiots plague the open zone.
*sigh*

sak5002863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

@ken

Why do you have your childrens picture in the avatar?

strotee2863d ago

"same quality"

Oh my, did you just say downloaded movies from Netflix are equivalent to Blu-ray in terms of quality? lol You need to either upgrade from your 19" Walmart-special TV or get better glasses.

zag2863d ago

Yeah great!

720P movies for $7 and last for 24 hours before they are auto-deleted.

I got to say I liked the bit where MS proved how everyone on the planet downloads their movies off the netflixs only on a 360.

The sad thing is 99.9% of the total population wouldn't even have a 360 in the first place.

I take it you run around and actually tell people this BS too... don't you?

And they walk away thinking your a d**khead.

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MaximusPrime2863d ago

credit crunch is to blame.

imo Bluray is a child. come back in 2 years

Kaneda2863d ago

people are afraid to spend any money right now. Hoepfully next year, consumers confidence will be back.

Danja2863d ago

Which is why Blu Ray already has a 12% market share...not to mention it's selling much faster than DVD at the same time in it's cycle...

and that's why they have already shipped 1 million Dark knight Blu Ray DVD's to retailers...

Atomic2863d ago

yeah
the release of DVD format : 1997
DVD becoming a mass market format: 2002-2003

self-explanatory

solidsnakus2863d ago

this years black friday suckd.

DaTruth2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

They advertise Black Friday and when you get there the prices are exactly the same. I mentioned this to one of the sales guys and he started to explain while practically running away. Then I mentioned Future Shop had a lower price and another sales guy said they would match it. We went on the internet and once he saw the lower price, the TV was sold out.

Eddie201012863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

This story is out of the U.K. and I'm Not entirely sure its accurate.
In the rest of Europe Blu-Ray sales are doing very well.

In The United States Blu-Ray Is doing very well with very large gains in sales of players and disk this year, doing better than dvd in its first couple of years on the market.

In Japan it is doing very well also, even better than in the United States.

So the sales of Blu-Ray are on track to eventually replace the DVD format as the prefured Disk format and will be around for a long time to come.

SaiyanFury2862d ago

Consumers find Blu-ray a turn off eh? I guess that explains why BDs are enjoying the best sales in the last 2 years, because they turn people off.

sparced2862d ago

If Blu-Ray sales are low in the UK the poor selection of HD TV channels on Sky and Freesat is partly to blame. Once more people are watching Coronation Street in HD without thinking about it they'll of course choose to watch Blockbuster films in the same quality.

nycredude2862d ago

I don't know about anyone else but I as out in force with my brother black Friday and every electronic store i went too I saw a lot of people carrying around Bluray players. I saw Sony and Samsung Bluray players at $199. I think this holiday will be big for The format! Also tons, I mean tons of people bought hd tvs also so eventually Bluray players to follow.

These articles need to stop spelling doom in such an early stage. The market and economy needs time to adjust, it doesn't happen over night, however it will happen as the market is very efficient.

kopicha2862d ago

ppl aint spending too much as of this year only because of recession. honestly only ignorant ppl like you call BD a child. i personally have 2 BD player which one is the infamous PS3 with another from Pioneer. after enjoying my movies on a BD player. i never want to watch DVD again. take your logic else where

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Parapraxis2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

The title of this article is an attempt to get hits. Nowhere do they source this claim that consumers find BD a turn off.
I'd like some actual facts, not speculation resulting from a glance at sales trends.
It's the equivalent of saying "Consumers find Farraris a Turn Off" Because they aren't outselling the Ford Focus.

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Captain Tuttle2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

Yeah, because SkyNews is one of those fly-by-night blogs that needs N4G for revenue.

Parapraxis2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

Even if it's not just for hits, the rest of what I stated is true.
It's STILL a baseless claim.

Gerard Way2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

is failing miserably compared to DVD. DVD, you must remember was MUCH MUCH more expensive in its early stages(or maybe you dont cause youre prolly just a kid). Not to mention it, the PS2/XBOX wasn't around for a while. So for DVD to have as much success as it did EVEN BEFORE PS2 and XBOX was awesome, after PS2 though--it was game over for VHS. Bluray starts off at a decent price(especially if youre getting a PS3), and now the players alone are a lot cheaper than a PS3. So naturally this should be flying off the shelves and selling ALOT faster than it is now, to compare it to DVD. Im sorry, but its behind. I give it a 2 years before its ditched altogether. I mean yeah, they still make CD's, but when was the last time YOU bought one, Para? You know there used to be an HD Audio war right? SACD & HDCD. Who won? MP3--a digital download format. Their little war last about...oh i dont know...a couple years, maybe. History will always repeat itself for those who do not learn from it. We have progressed past 1080p in A/V technology, 1920p is the "new" standard(and it uses a "red" laser, and it will be cheaper than CURRENT UPSCALING DVD PLAYERS. And you know what? Still wont matter, b/c digital downloads will rock that sh*t to.

So this is why bluray isnt so hott---its not selling nearly as well as it should be(especially with the prices being their lowest ever). Get off your White Sony Pony, and get a life.

@ FISHY BELOW:
Yeah DVD, was a crazy epic fail....dumb@$$

@ FISHY AGAIN: Sorry buddy. Hit me up if you need an Ipod or something bud.

@Callahan: Im ashamed I called fishy a dumb@$$. *slaps himself*

@OnslaughtX: you can buy a terabyte of external storage for less than 150 bucks now(less than 100 on deal days). I think 500gb would do as a standard though. and most settop boxes have usb ports and will play your content from the drive. Its closer than you think man. Like I said, 2 years. And ALOT happen in 2 years. I like you. Your arguments are somewhat supportive in a way. Like CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Not like these other brats. You got an Ipod? I bet you could use some kick ass speakers for it. hit me up.

@DAVEY BOY: Hey buddy, do me a favor, please? STFU. The adults are talking.

callahan092863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

@ Captain Tuttle:

The article's actual title is Blu-Ray Fails to Catch On. It was Omega4, who contributed this article to N4G, that changed the title to Consumers Find Blu-Ray A Turn-Off. It's a misleading title, it's not the title of the sourced article, and the claim made in this fabricated title is NOT made in the actual article. Omega4 has made up this title for the following reason:

Because he wants to elicit a reaction from N4G'ers so that his submission gets a lot of hits, thereby increasing the degrees of his story so he gets more contributor points.

@ Gerard Way:

Uhh, Fishy was being sarcastic. Also, DVD players first hit the consumer market in 1997, and it was easy to find a player for 100 dollars or less by the year 2000, 3 years later. It's been 2 and a half years since Blu-Ray disc players were launched for consumer retail, and it's still very hard to find one for less than 200 dollars. Also, remember that the DVD player had no competition in increasing its market share. It was only competing against the age-old VHS format. Blu-Ray was, until just 10 months ago, competing against DVD as well as HD-DVD, which should have made it grow at a slower rate than DVD, but it has actually grown at a larger rate (and in a more volatile consumer market at that). Nice try attempting to downplay the successes of the Blu-Ray format, but it just isn't a viable argument.

DiabloRising2863d ago

LOL Gerard.

So the format with superior quality that owns 12% of the market will fail to digital downloads, the format that is missing special features among other things, and has less than 1% of the market?

Nice logic. Sure, DD will take over, all we need is...

- People to ditch wanting physical formats
- Cheap, 1 terabyte + storage that can conveniently be taken from home to home
- Improved methods of downloading said movies
- Better internet infrastructures and speeds across the country
- Web access for people who have no internet access
- More lax DRM features
- Special features akin to those on DVD and BD

But once all that happens... sure.

Daver2863d ago

@2.4

shut up yourself dude...the new standard like you call it wont affect anything, its too late now people are not all tech geek, they just want to watch movies in hi def, and it is just starting, theres a lot of people without hd tv yet, it takes time to introduce something new but if theres something consumers dont want is confusion.
And about digital distribution its still far away, years away and a lot of people will still prefer a physic copy over this, its gonna be way tougher to introduce than you think

Daver2863d ago

@2.7

i totally agree with you

DiabloRising2863d ago

@ Gerard...

I try to be only a semi ass when I see a silly argument. ;-) In all seriousness, I just don't think movies will catch on as downloadable content in the same manner as music because of differences in size, quality, and special features. Also, the fear of having all your movies stolen or wiped out due to one drive failure is a big one, and with services being sticklers for things like that (one DL then you're done!) I just think there are many obstacles in the way of it taking over. I think BD, DVD, and Downloads will co-exist for a while. I'm not going to call out a pure winner or loser, because the market doesn't necessarily have to work that way, and things can change fast.

All I know is, BD is way above the "HD" content offered on Netflix and other services, and I'm glad I started picking up movies in that format. Now I just want them to drop the price a bit for players and movies... and get Lord of the Rings EE out!

Eddie201012863d ago

Garard Way you are seriously miss informed and don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.

thereapersson2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

I'm pretty sure that Fishy was being sarcastic. Then again, you seem to be taking this thing way too seriously, and your seemingly intense hatred for all things Sony related shows through in your post.

BTW, Digital Downloads have a LONG way to go before they can come close to matching the fidelity of Disc-Based media, not to mention that you end up with compression artifacts and blocking in fast moving scenes. Also, with the current trend of ISP's imposing bandwidth limits on their customers, how do you think direct-view HD services will fare?

Most people don't want to sit and download a 50GB movie. And those 7-8 GB compressed Blu-Ray rips don't count, because you know that's a monumental PQ loss.

Parapraxis2863d ago

Gerard, please don't call me "parabrat", I'm no child, I'm 28. It's obvious who is the kid here. Your argument is so poorly constructed I don't think you yourself understand what you are trying to say.
You DEFINATELY don't belong in the Gamer Zone, heck you'd be lucky to be in Open Zone, you are childish and insulting and absolutely un-informed on the subject of distribution methods for audio and video.

pixelsword2862d ago

You said, and I quote:

"(Blu-Ray)is failing miserably compared to DVD. DVD, you must remember was MUCH MUCH more expensive in its early stages(or maybe you dont cause youre prolly just a kid). Not to mention it, the PS2/XBOX wasn't around for a while. So for DVD to have as much success as it did EVEN BEFORE PS2 and XBOX was awesome,"

So by your logic, The 360 is a failure, because:

1. PS3, you must remember, is MUCH MUCH more expensive in it's early stages

2. The PS3 (or Blu-Ray itself) wasn't around for a while

3. So, for PS3 to have as much seccess as it did EVEN BEFORE price-drops was awesome.

DaTruth2862d ago

I was just about to buy a PS3, but then the salesperson told me it had bluray and I was completely turned off, so I decided to get a 360. LOL!!

nycredude2862d ago

You're an idiot for stating BS without backing it up. Especially when it isn't true. For your info Bluray adoption is better than DVD adoption. Get your fact straight. Regarding digital downloads? I don't know what world you live in but in my world it takes forever to download an hd movie so take your bs somewhere else.

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soul899er2863d ago

LOL oh look! It's an Omega4 post! how pathetic >_>

Fishy Fingers2863d ago (Edited 2863d ago )

Blu-ray has a better adoption rate than DVD. Ha, and what an epic fail DVD was huh....