Blu-ray movie disc player sales have been so sluggish in Finland that video rental stores have put the brakes on introducing high-definition Blu-ray movie DVDs.
Blu-ray discs have many times the capacity of conventional DVDs. The additional capacity enables better sound and picture quality; however, these improved features have not compelled consumers to switch out their old DVD players for new Blu-ray players that are needed for movie viewing on Blu-ray discs.
"We expected Blu-ray disc players to be more popular than they are," says Harri Lounatvuori, chairman of the Finnish Home Electronics Association.
Video rental stores say Blu-ray discs are sitting in shelves collecting dust.