"Earlier this year, we saw reports that hinted at "flat" DVD sales for the remainder of 2007, so it follows logic to hear that standalone DVD players are seeing a similar fate."
Because they're all buying Blu-ray... :P
Anyone who says Hi-Def will never defeat DVDs are just joking with themselves. A higher format will always evantually win over the old format, it's been happening for decades. DVD will soon go the way of the cassette tape.
with VHS and DVD you never needed to buy a brand new TV to take advantage of the format.
So I suspect a slower saturation with HD material then how VHS and DVD did it.
DVD is going nowhere sense HDTVs have to sell first..
eh... everyone has them. With the exception of a few vhs holdouts that will never switch.
If hd had picked up the 15 percent that dvd's lost this year, that'd be real news. Still quite a way to go though...
exactly. everybody already has at least 1 dvd player. hell i've got 5 if you count the 360, ps3, xbox and ps2. my freaking 85 year old grandmother has a dvd player. how many people can honestly say they know someone, anyone who doesn't have a dvd player?
People are going to be surprised on how fast the mass market will switch to HDTV's and formats...
With almost all tv networks pushing digital transmission, with all the marketing HD is receiving and with more & more people aware of it and quickly understanding the advantage & improvement over DVD, it's clear IMO that HD will take over sooner than most people think
Apparently not if you really think that HD is about to catch on with mainstream sales. Things are good for the top 10-15% or so, but on the decline for everyone else. HD is something that many who know about it would like to get into, but it is far from a priority right now. The Upper middle class and the rich are the only ones who can afford the HD package right now, and many of them have already bought in.
Meanwhile the industry continues to slightly tweak prices in order to find the amount they can get the average Joe to overpay for and go into debt. They haven't gone low enough yet. With the exception of the HD-DVD blowout sales a week ago or so, not nearly low enough, and even still, the Televisions are a whole other story. Classic DVD has definitely got a few strong years left. Not only do most people into collecting movies have large classic DVD collections, they don't see any pressing need to replace them. HD is a luxury, and more of an acquired taste luxury than anything else. Most Americans, when the opportunity to splurge presents itself, are choosing to do other things with their money. The market is proving this again and again.
Don't assume this means people are snatching up Blu-Ray and HD-DVD...more likely, the decreased sales are due to two factors:
--DVD players became so cheap in so little time that most people have already bought one. Cell phone sales have seen similarly flat numbers for the same reasons.
--Video on demand is slowly making inroads into people's homes, and are probably contributing to the decline in player--and movie--sales.
More than one person has stated that neither HD-DVD nor BR will win out...instead, people will simply download HD content to a Tivo-like unit for a nominal fee.
Just a thought.
It's just a matter of time.
BLU RAY FTW
With the format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD driving the prices lower and lower, it simply hastens the demise of DVD.
If someone bought be a dvd player for christmas, I would be insulted unless it was something high end but then I wouldn't need it anyway. DVD players are becoming obselete and people who just want to get a newer thing won't buy another DVD player. In technology you can't have one thing that will last forever and perform on par with something that is current, so who said DVD would outlast High DEF movies is retarded.
DVD (HD) seems almost finished now.
Its funny how HD-DVD came out after BR and BR is winning.
The people want BRD, nuff said.
I'm going to assume you mixed up your sentence there.
Anyways accord to people such as yourself, HD has been finished/almost finished for over a year now. So yea...
but as long as Blu-Ray/HD-DVD and HD players and TVs cost so [email protected]
HD-TVs will soon go down in price, I mean hell they already have by a lot and they'll continue to fall in price. DVDs and DVD players were all once just as expensive as Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players are now, only these players are dropping in price faster than DVD players did.
1. The prices on HD-TV's have alot more falling to do to become practical for the Average Joe.
2. Only people with alot of extra money buy a new TV when their old one works just fine. The average Joe isn't penny pinching to save for an HD experience, he's penny pinching to pay for the ridiculous cost of gas and hopefully a few nights out with his girl every month.
The following comment isn't necessarily aimed at you kydrice, but this whole subject seems to have people arguing but missing the point. HD owners act as if the luxury entertainment products that they themselves bought are a top priority to everyone else. This just isn't the case. Beyond the relatively small group of people who insist on being among the first to enjoy a good new product, there isn't a huge market for HD right now.
The HD industry has to convince the average Joe that: He/She needs an HD-TV, an HD/Blu ray player of some sort, and that their old DVD collection, that to them is just fine, isn't good enough. This won't be an easy task. It's all about price. Hard working, middle income people will only jump onboard en masse once these products fit their budget, and there is a need. HD providing companies aren't ready to go there yet.
True, there was the $99 dollar HD-DVD sale, but I wonder how many of those people who bought them were poor and/or didn't understand what they were buying, went home, attempted connecting it to the old proverbial black and white TV, went to radio shack for the converter cable, hooked it up, then tried for a while to convince themselves that the picture was much better before realizing that they are in over their heads with that product. :P
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