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Why Has Blu-ray Failed to Catch Hold?

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "My VCR is stashed in a closet, right next to a couple of CD-ROM players, a laser disc player, and other forgotten electronics. Is my Blu-ray player about to join them?

Strategy Analytics researcher Peter King recently said his analysts were surprised that DVD player sales continued to be so strong against Blu-ray players. That reminded me of what some critics have suspected: Blu-ray really hasn't caught on — and probably never will. "I'm surprised DVDs have continued to hang on," said King, referring to the fact that player sales of over 20 million units in the U.S. last year were pretty much evenly split between DVD and Blu-ray models. Blu-ray discs and players are clearly superior to DVDs, offering more features and a better picture overall. So why haven't shoppers been impressed?"

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Why I keep buying DVDs (1)

ekimminau (775300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35867726)

Im a geek. Just wanted to start with that.

I have 4 HD tv's in my home. All have HD Satellite receivers with HD DVR's in them. All also have network connected Blue-Ray players connected to them via HDMI so I can stream DVD and HD Netflix (among other things to them).

But unfortunately, the wife's mini-van with the dual screen entertainment system still only does DVD. So until we replace that vehicle, the family truckster imposes least common denominator. When we buy movies for the kids, we need to be compatible with the mobile entertainment system and that limits us to DVD.

My bet is that until the vast majority of people are FORCED to purchase blue-ray, DVD will remain the least common denominator and DVD sales will continue.

IF all new DVD players were BlueRay and DVD compatible, this would speed up the cycle. As long as there are DVD only players, the cycle will be extended.

My .02.

Re:Why I keep buying DVDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35867840)

I'll never buy blu-ray. When they stop making DVDs, I will stop buying movies.

Re:Why I keep buying DVDs (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 3 years ago | (#35875526)

The other thing is that they are moving away from physical media to cloud services, and that will give media content companies ways to encrypt their content and be able to have a whole new era of anti-piracy. Although I am sure it can be hacked it will be more of a pain than before.

There are also reliability hurdles (1)

Khaden (1979628) | more than 3 years ago | (#35868270)

We have a Samsung TV and blue ray player. Despite several updates to the software we find that watching a movie is filled with frustration at the number of times the signal fails. The local rental store has a sign that they will no longer refund for blue ray issues. We continue to use DVD technology to reduce frustration. I also think there is even less control. I hate when I want to fast forward or take some other action only to find that the makers decided I was not allowed to do that. I would be happy to pay for software that gave me full control of a disc in my player rather than leave it with the manufacturer.
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