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Despite the ramp of Blu-ray drives, DVD burners will continue to be the leading volume product until 2012, according to analysts from IDC. There are a number of reasons for that: Blu-ray burners and writable media remain expensive, meanwhile prices of DVD optical disc drives (ODDs) and discs are getting more and more affordable.

“DVD burners will remain the bread-and-butter business for ODD vendors. Despite Blu-ray’s win over HD DVD in the format war, Blu-ray drive adoption will be limited in 2008 because of their high price and only moderate consumer interest,†said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director, Removable Storage at IDC.

Still, as the PC market’s adoption of DVD burners becomes saturated and increasingly commoditized, Blu-ray adoption will accelerate in 2009 and Blu-ray drives will become the majority of the total market value in 2012.

DVD burners continue their race to become a commodity market. Aggressive volume manufacturers will continue to drive down the price, pushing technology leaders out of the mainstream optical disc drive market.

Blu-ray disc has won the format war over HD DVD, but similar to DVD and DVD burners, Blu-ray will need a three- to five-year ramp to reach mass-market volumes. New affordable BD-ROM drives will lead the way for the BD format’s adoption and more than 100 million Blu-ray drives will ship worldwide in 2011, said IDC.
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that seems about right, blue ray burners and blank discs are damn expensive.
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"Because of their high price and moderate consumer interest"



Gee, I wonder why the consumer interest is moderate? High price maybe?

The Blu-ray consortium needs to remove its head from its rear and get the prices down into the DVD area. They are missing out on valuable sales time in blu-ray's life cycle, and keeping prices high as we head into an economic slump is silly.

If they don't drop prices signifigantly very soon, they are going to end up turning their format into another laserdisc.

Don't get me wrong, I love watching Blu-ray movies, I set up a Optoma HD80 projecting onto a 126" Da-lite widescreen a couple months ago, and it is nothing short of amazing. It feels like you are going to fall into the movie, or like you could get up out of your chair and walk into the scene. DVD is nothing in comparison when viewed on a quality display.
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I guess it really does take a rocket scientist to realize "EXPENSIVE THINGS MEANS LACK OF SALES"
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"Because of their high price and moderate consumer interest"



Gee, I wonder why the consumer interest is moderate? High price maybe?


so true.

i have a PS3 to play Blu-Rays, but no way i'd get one for my PC yet.. here in Australia, a Blu-Ray player for PC costs on average $200.00 at least... pretty heavy still. when they drop down to sub-$150 i would probably consider it more.
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Sounds about right, I will hope to get a 42/37 " HDTV this christmas and I still won't get a blu-ray.
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Blu-ray players are still rather expensive and the movies themselves are $35 instead of $15. I can live with lower resolution until they bring prices down for the average consumer.
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Sounds about right, I will hope to get a 42/37 " HDTV this christmas and I still won't get a blu-ray.
HDTV really need something like a PS3 games or Xbox games to take use of it. Blue ray movies look so good in HDTV, dvd look like crap. When i move to HDtv i will get a blue-ray player as a HDTV suck without it.
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Blu-ray players are still rather expensive and the movies themselves are $35 instead of $15. I can live with lower resolution until they bring prices down for the average consumer.
I bought a PS3 partly to check out a couple games, but primarily as a high-def player. As soon as I found out that new titles were $30, and even bargain bin amazon specials for 6 in 1 still come out to nearly $15, and you rarely get your pick of titles.

I'm not going to watch some crap movie just because it is in high-def and I got it cheap with some coupon code. After realizing how much it cost for the titles I am interested in, I sold my PS3 and have no further interest in Blu-ray until the pricing situation changes.
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HDTV really need something like a PS3 games or Xbox games to take use of it. Blue ray movies look so good in HDTV, dvd look like crap. When i move to HDtv i will get a blue-ray player as a HDTV suck without it.
can you upscale a DVD with a regular Blu-Ray player? i know obviously the PS3 and X360 does, which makes regular DVD's look really, really good.

i've never used a regular Blu-Ray/HD DVD player before.
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