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So, turns out HD-DVD wasn't the only loser in the format war...

Blu-ray player sales down despite format victory

Looks like it wasn't the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle that was keeping potential customers away from high-definition video players after all.

The NPD Group released some of its retail sales tracking data Wednesday that showed sales of Blu-ray standalone players (not a PlayStation 3, combo player, or PC with Blu-ray drive) had mostly decreased since the beginning of the year.

Standalone Blu-ray player unit sales in the U.S. decreased 40 percent from January to February and saw a very slight increase (2 percent) between February and March, according to NPD.

HD DVD players fared even worse--player unit sales dropped 13 percent from January to February, and 65 percent from February to March--which was expected. Toshiba stopped production of HD DVD units in February, and the format's promotional group disbanded in March.

So what does this mean for Blu-ray player vendors? Why haven't sales experienced any sort of substantial uptick without a competitor? Prices offer one clue. Blu-ray player prices were at their peak for the year in mid-March, around $400. During the holiday shopping season the average price had been closer to $300.

But more likely is what NPD's high-def video analysts have been harping on for a while: that DVD is "good enough" for most consumers. And that the picture offered by a Blu-ray Disc and accompanying player doesn't appear so overwhelmingly better than a standard DVD and an upconverting player that many consumers can't justify the dramatically increased cost.

To that point, sales of significantly less expensive upconverting DVD players have actually increased 5 percent over the first quarter of 2008, compared with the same quarter a year ago. Standard DVD player sales dropped 39 percent over the same period.

Blu-ray player prices are going to have to drop dramatically, to around $200 probably, to make themselves more attractive to consumers outside of the early adopter/home theater enthusiast crowd. Sony, one of the largest producers of Blu-ray players, says $200 players aren't likely until next year at the earliest.

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-993...?tag=cnetfd.mt




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HA!! Just as I have been saying! No one is ready for blu-gay yet. I get a good enough picture on using SD-DVD on my upconverter player which was $300-$400 cheaper than the over-rated blu-gay player and the "TOY"!
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it was just a gimick for money
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Thats what I've thought from the start!
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That, and blu-ray players suck. By brother in law has one, and it is SLOW!!! I mean, you push the power button and a little light comes on and it thinks about turning on, gets a cup of coffee, plays a game of solitaire, and then decides to power up the rest of the way. Then, you have to wait for the disk to load, and I am talking like old-style 5 1/4 floppy disk load speeds here...
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I bought the hd-dvd drive for the 360, best thing about the purchase is the remote for the 360 it came with.
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Blu-ray Sales Drift

By Betsy Schiffman August 28, 2008 | 1:54:19 PMCategories: Blu-Ray
Blu-ray sales dipped mid-August, largely due to a boring selection of new release titles -- or so suggests Blu-raystats.com.

Blu-ray market share for the week ended Aug. 17 was 8 percent, but total revenue slipped 10 percent to $6.19 million, the lowest ever since Home Media Magazine started tracking Blu-ray sales.

And of the top-20 DVDs with the highest percentage of Blu-ray disc sales, none were new releases from Aug. 12, notes Blu-raystats.com. Instead, some of the top Blu-ray sellers include "Top Gun" and "Starship Troopers."




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I got my 360 HD-DVD drive for $30 on overstockdeals.com. I think I got around 25 HD-DVDs over the summer from Amazon and their associates. Really nice to watch on my computer. I'm kind of sad it lost since they won't be releasing any more movies, but the prices are great now.
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I picked my 360 drive up when best buy had the drive + 2 movies + 5 movies rebate deal
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