Originally Posted by TheSimplePanda
I think the PS3 is driving the Blu-ray rental/buy rates for now. With new, AAA PS3 titles all releasing soon (Rainbow Six, Warhawk, Home, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted, Ratchet, GTAIV, etc) PS3 sales will pickup even more, of course.
In the meantime, while the PS3 holds the fort, so to speak, the player prices will keep falling.
To be fair, in Canada, the BD-P1000 debuted at $1299 CDN. You can now order the BDP-S300 for $599 CDN - so in one year prices have dropped over 50%.
At this rate, it won't be long before $299 and under players are available and the PS3 will keep holding the line in the meantime.
With all due respect, and not to turn this thread towards the gaming side, but you haven't been keeping up with PS3 sales then. They are abysmal, selling less than 100k per month the last 2 months. $599 is still a lot of money for mainstream America, and with 2 of those titles you mentioned either 1) Already out for a competing cheaper console or 2) Releasing day and date with said cheaper console, PS3 sales aren't going to magically take off because of the price.
Originally Posted by darin2p
Here is one thing we can get straight. Even with the lower prices for HD DVD players for the last year HD DVD didn't manage even 30% of rentals between the formats in Blockbuster's test, according to what they said. This is the kind of thing that could be used by a salesman trying to sell somebody a Blu-ray player and including it as one advantage over an HD DVD player.
What's funny is that my local Blockbusters didn't rent either. So I couldn't even be part of that statistic. So I think the experiment itself really has some questions attached to it. Especially since I, a HD media owner, couldn't rent said media at all.
Originally Posted by JTYoung Blu-ray players still need to drop to a price point where more than just enthusiasts about next gen formats will purchase them.
And bonus points to JTYoung.
So let me ask this again, since no one answered me the first time. Other than drive away a segment of their business to a competing store that will rent HD DVD's, exactly what does this do for Blu-ray and Blockbuster?
It amazes me still that people are convinced that unlike Laserdiscs that never got past early adoption, somehow this and the destruction of HD DVD will mean everyone who wasn't going to spend $500 and up on a Blu-ray player was going to magically have a change of heart and run right out to Best Buy. Candy canes and gumdrops will fall from the sky as people rush right out to buy their BD players.
Of course, I am on an enthousiast site where money seems not to be an issue to most people. That's why there is a vast disconnect. That's why I see one format at this time becoming the next great Laserdisc. Those of us in the mainstream will simply be priced out of this and stick with renting regular DVD's from Redbox and downloading HD movies on Xbox Live. Congratulations BDA.