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Blu-Ray DVD Player Prices on the Rise

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I saw this coming. With the High-Definition DVD War now over, Blu-Ray DVD players now have no competition, which means manufactures can sell Blu-Ray DVD players for any price they chose. Currently, Sony, Sharp and Samsung Blu-Ray DVD players are the highest they have been all year. Before HD-DVD died (or was killed rather), Blu-Ray DVD players were coming down in price to compete with HD-DVD and to hasten its downfall. Since that is said and done now, the average price for a stand-alone Blu-Ray DVD player has gone up to around $400. It seems that even though it is the winner, Blu-Ray has still found a way to shoot itself in the foot.

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Some consumers have chosen the Playstation 3 (PS3) route, with it’s built in Blu-Ray player and free firmware upgrades. In fact, the majority of early Blu-Ray titles were purchased by PS3 owners. For a purest like myself, I want the best performance quality, black levels, et cetera possible and that usually only comes from a stand-alone player.

Source: Tom’s Hardware 

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  • Harosa

    This is from The Digital Bits(one of the biggest Blu ray supporters and sources of info)
    Now then… there’s been a lot of talk online in the last couple of weeks about when (and if, in some alarmist reports) Blu-ray Disc prices will drop, now that the format war is over. There have even been reports that player prices have gone up since the first of the year (see this piece at TG Daily). Here’s something to keep in mind – a lot of those lower prices last year were sales prices over the holidays, and many of them ended in January. Here’s something else to keep in mind, lots of new models of Blu-ray players are coming later this spring and over the summer, which means the previous models will be price reduced. You can also expect retailers and the various manufacturers to offer major discounts and other incentives to encourage people to buy Blu-ray players as we head into the holidays later this year. You’ll see outright sales, you’ll see combo offers where when you buy a new HDTV you’ll get a free or discounted Blu-ray player (and keep in mind, with the FCC mandated switch to all-digital broadcasting next February, lots of people will be looking at HDTVs in the coming months). Sony has said that it expects to see at least a few Blu-ray player models priced as low as $299 later this year, with prices possibly under $200 next year (see this piece at The New York Times). And here’s something interesting…. Warren Communications News (subscription required) is reporting that Samsung is planning to have a Blu-ray player available for less than $250 at Wal-Mart stores later this year, probably in the third quarter. So if you’re interested in a Blu-ray player but price is an issue, just relax. The prices will continue to drop later this year, and plenty of great deals will be available in the coming months.
    — On a personal note, my PS3 plays everything flawlessly and any worries I had (fan noise) are nonexistent, of course I would have liked a dedicated player but when I chose to get one, the PS3 was the wisest choice.

  • Harosa

    This is from The Digital Bits(one of the biggest Blu ray supporters and sources of info)
    Now then… there’s been a lot of talk online in the last couple of weeks about when (and if, in some alarmist reports) Blu-ray Disc prices will drop, now that the format war is over. There have even been reports that player prices have gone up since the first of the year (see this piece at TG Daily). Here’s something to keep in mind – a lot of those lower prices last year were sales prices over the holidays, and many of them ended in January. Here’s something else to keep in mind, lots of new models of Blu-ray players are coming later this spring and over the summer, which means the previous models will be price reduced. You can also expect retailers and the various manufacturers to offer major discounts and other incentives to encourage people to buy Blu-ray players as we head into the holidays later this year. You’ll see outright sales, you’ll see combo offers where when you buy a new HDTV you’ll get a free or discounted Blu-ray player (and keep in mind, with the FCC mandated switch to all-digital broadcasting next February, lots of people will be looking at HDTVs in the coming months). Sony has said that it expects to see at least a few Blu-ray player models priced as low as $299 later this year, with prices possibly under $200 next year (see this piece at The New York Times). And here’s something interesting…. Warren Communications News (subscription required) is reporting that Samsung is planning to have a Blu-ray player available for less than $250 at Wal-Mart stores later this year, probably in the third quarter. So if you’re interested in a Blu-ray player but price is an issue, just relax. The prices will continue to drop later this year, and plenty of great deals will be available in the coming months.
    — On a personal note, my PS3 plays everything flawlessly and any worries I had (fan noise) are nonexistent, of course I would have liked a dedicated player but when I chose to get one, the PS3 was the wisest choice.

  • What goes up, most come down. Great comment. I would get a PS3 just for the games it will have in the future. That it plays Blu-Rays is a bonus. I would like to see a comparison of how PS3’s Blu-Ray player stacks up against stand-alone players.

  • What goes up, most come down. Great comment. I would get a PS3 just for the games it will have in the future. That it plays Blu-Rays is a bonus. I would like to see a comparison of how PS3’s Blu-Ray player stacks up against stand-alone players.

  • Harosa

    The comparisons have been favorable, no real negatives that I saw. A cool plus is that it upconverts regular DVDs also, making them look much better also. HD DVD players do this also, which is funny that stores are now selling their old stock of HD DVD players as Upconverting players.

  • Harosa

    The comparisons have been favorable, no real negatives that I saw. A cool plus is that it upconverts regular DVDs also, making them look much better also. HD DVD players do this also, which is funny that stores are now selling their old stock of HD DVD players as Upconverting players.

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