Well maybe crap to some, but once you actually sit down in the privacy of your living room and enjoy a blu-ray movie on your big screen HD television you might think differently. I totally love my blu-ray setup. I can barely watch anything of lessor quality anymore.
Umm Blu Ray doesn't need saving. It's doing fine.
I just don't see Blu-Ray reducing their prices anytime soon (especially their movies which are selling at around $30 a pop).
Not according the consumer electronics industry. Market penetration is too slow (Sony predicted 50% by the end of the year, it's around 8% now), so streaming video is going to overtake it before it becomes established. Why would I bother buying discs and players when Netflix and Amazon and who know's who else will be sending me HD movies direct to my TV for a flat monthly fee? Even Sony is pimping MovieLink, built into their new Bravia TVs.
I honestly don't think they are going to have much choice. I notice in places like Sam's and Walmart for even some new releases I've seen them down as low as $22.99. The market is going to force them to drop prices or else they will be gone.
I would have to argue the whole streaming thing.
I agree that eventually that will be how it's done...but.
Internet speeds are going to need to get faster and those faster speeds are going to have to get cheaper and more widespread. Also, people are going to have to know about streaming. I bet most people I talk to wouldn't even know that they could buy an Apple TV for example and stream movies. However, many more would know what BluRay is.
Also storage is going to have to get cheaper and bigger. Downloadable movies may eventually take over, but some people have absolutely gigantic movie libraries and they're going to need a lot of space.
Blu Ray has its share of issues, but I think they'll be resolved well before streaming takes over.
The problem for the industry is that the format that cost more to produce won the battle. Blu-ray probably won't build enough volume to allow prices (of discs, especially) to drop much more.
Recent studies say that everyone who wants broadband has it or has access to it now. The people on dial-up or without any internet connectivity have chosen not to get broadband. And those people aren't going to be buying any HD content delivery system.
What studies, those bitches didn't come to Rural La, Tex or Miss, where Broadband access isn't even available through standard means and has never been. I have to call BS on this one! Big Time! I know many families that would love to get Broadband, but can't afford the initial cost of Hughes, which limit bandwidth so much so that trying to view movies over the net would hardly be allowed unless you were forced to pay for commerical access which is over a hundred bucks a month.
Trade magazines also said HD-DVD would eventually win out too and it did not! So I take anything those magazines say with a huge grain of salt.