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Surprised I haven't seen this yet.

I also searched so, sorry if it's repost.

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Originally Posted by cnet
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.
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There were a couple more sources, but they all seemed cut from the same PR mold. Hasn't anyone heard of putting things in their own words anymore?

Well anways, like many said when the HD wars were going, the real battle was with DVD. This piece of counter-intuitive information hammers that point home. DVD is still the Behemoth that has to be taken down, for a format to reign supreme.
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Ha. Of course there is going to be a decrease when you increase the price of the players. Once BluRay players hit the same price that HDDVD players were at, then they will start to sell...
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wouldnt this make sense given the number of PS3 sales is always rising? the PS3 offers much more bang for buck than a stand-alone Blu-Ray player.

to be honest, im surprised stand-alone Blu-Rays were even selling well at all..only reason i buy Blu-Ray movies is coz i have a PS3, so got the bonus of having a capable player.
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wouldnt this make sense given the number of PS3 sales is always rising? the PS3 offers much more bang for buck than a stand-alone Blu-Ray player.

to be honest, im surprised stand-alone Blu-Rays were even selling well at all..only reason i buy Blu-Ray movies is coz i have a PS3, so got the bonus of having a capable player.
My thoughts exactly. When you can get a media center, we browser, Blu Ray player, and game console for not much more than a standalone player, then why would people bother with the standalone player?
    
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I'm waiting for Blu Ray discs to be as cheap as DVD's, only then will I start to get a Blu Ray collection. I will probably spend £1000+ though in the end on boxsets but whats the point of spending it now if in the future I'd be able to get about 5 times as many films / tv for the same price.
    
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Originally Posted by Wall_Socket View Post
Ha. Of course there is going to be a decrease when you increase the price of the players. Once BluRay players hit the same price that HDDVD players were at, then they will start to sell...
Shhh! We don't want to stur the fanboys!
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I'm waiting for Blu Ray discs to be as cheap as DVD's, only then will I start to get a Blu Ray collection. I will probably spend £1000+ though in the end on boxsets but whats the point of spending it now if in the future I'd be able to get about 5 times as many films / tv for the same price.
Well, 300 and I Am Legend on Blu Ray are both within $5 of their standard DVD counterparts. I think it has gotten really close to that point, if not to that point, already.
    
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I've been thinking about Blu-ray lately, and why I haven't gotten one. When DVDs came out, they were the only way to get that quality. You couldn't get it over the air, not on cable, not on tape...so it was kind of a no-brainer in upgrading from VHS. You can obviously still get that quality in a DVD for relatively cheap. But nowadays, if I'm looking for a higher-quality viewing experience, all I have to do is turn on the TV and I've got more HD sports, TV shows, movies than I could ever watch. If I want to see a new release, I can just do on-demand for almost the same price as a video rental (I never buy videos).

Given the current prices of the hardware, and my other viewing options, I don't feel any real urgency to upgrade. But still, I'd love to have one and will certainly when they come down in price
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Originally Posted by xpipe View Post
I've been thinking about Blu-ray lately, and why I haven't gotten one. When DVDs came out, they were the only way to get that quality. You couldn't get it over the air, not on cable, not on tape...so it was kind of a no-brainer in upgrading from VHS. You can obviously still get that quality in a DVD for relatively cheap. But nowadays, if I'm looking for a higher-quality viewing experience, all I have to do is turn on the TV and I've got more HD sports, TV shows, movies than I could ever watch. If I want to see a new release, I can just do on-demand for almost the same price as a video rental (I never buy videos).

Given the current prices of the hardware, and my other viewing options, I don't feel any real urgency to upgrade. But still, I'd love to have one and will certainly when they come down in price
This is true to a degree. However, no HD Channels, to my knowledge, are in full 1080p with DTS 7.1 Surround sound. Even On Demand HD doesn't have that, unless I'm mistaken. While you can get 720p/1080i and 5.1 Dolby on TV now, which is a step forward, for the absolute best, you still need Blu Ray.
    
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