Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
In business parlance, Blu-rays are a mature market segment by this point. I think this is more an excuse and easy scapegoat than the root cause of Sony's problems. It doesn't look like Blu-ray will directly replace DVD like that format completely replaced VHS, but that has been known for a few years by now.
Other than picture quality, Blu-ray offers no jump in features compared to DVD that DVD did compared to VHS.
DVD offered several improvements over tape:
- No need to rewind anything after watching.
- The ability to skip to your favorite parts of a movie.
- Noticeably less storage space required.
- Less likelihood of damage simply from playing it and having the player eat it.
- Better shelf life.
- Better image quality
- Special features (for those that like that sort of thing) - in some cases, that includes games for kids.
Plus, as the format progressed, it allowed for:
- greater portability with portable players and laptop drives
- alternate versions of films, such as unrated or extended version
- the ability to collect full TV seasons instead of selected episodes
- the ability to copy and make backups of discs using the drive already in your computer
Blu-ray, on the other hand, is still often more expensive than the same DVD titles, has onerous copy protection that takes forever to load the movie and the drives and portable players aren't nearly as widely available.
Better picture quality simply isn't enough for most people. It has to be easier to use and offer a financial advantage. Blu-ray does neither.