Originally Posted by MikeSp
OR the average consumer will NOT buy into Blu-ray since the image quality of SD DVDs is good enough, their players often cost ~$100, the media is often on sale at Wally World for $4-5 AND THEIR PLAYERS AND MEDIA WORK!! I had thought that the Blu-ray format had reached maturity and it was safe to purchase a stand-alone player that was reasonably high end, but if this fiasco continues, the average consumer will continue to shy away and for good reason and BD becomes a niche product. I had hoped to replace my trusty George Foreman that plays ALL BD products because it just does not look "right" in my AV cabinet with all of the other AV gear and move it next to a HD TV that is not connected to the rest of the AV toys and use it mostly for games (rather my kid would use it mostly for games).
At this point in the evolution of BD players, it is unacceptable for these issues to occur--the BD format and hardware should be stable by now.
The BD Group (or whatever it is called) needs to have a standard (Profile 1.1, 2.0 or ???) to which the movie industry must adhere and the disks be tested before being released to the public. My fear in Blu-ray winning the lop-sided format war was that it would become a niche product due to lack of acceptance by the general public and I hope that does not happen.
I wonder how the newest top end Sony, Pioneer and Panasonic BD players are working with the Bond BD disks???
Is it unacceptable that some of these players can't play disks correctly? Yeah. If my player, my disks, are having the issues, then it is unacceptable.
Does that seem to stop the sale of them? As best I can tell, no. Go into BB, CC, Costco, any of those places, and you'll see the SD DVD players all sitting in the back of the bus. BD players, all of them, get the featured spots on the shelves. Then, you see a display, where there's an LCD, plasma, HD big screen playing POTC, and you say "WOW....that looks good" (even though they aren't set up correctly). You plot. You plan. And, eventually you take that plunge. Was thinking the other day, doing just a little shopping, you can get a plasma or LCD, and the real bargains, the RP HD TVs, a BD player, one of those HTIB, or Bose things....for ~$3K, you're into HD HT.
Get everything set up in your own home. And get as good, mostly better, PQ/AQ than what you saw/heard in the store. Now, you avoid the DVD aisles. Every SD DVD pales in comparison. I can't even watch a SD TV program anymore. I pull out one of my 500+ SD DVDs every now and then. My Oppo SD DVD player, as fine as it is, still can't compare.
BD is early in the upward sales curve stage. Pricing, while not at the SD DVD level, is low. It will continue to evolve and grow.
Memory, processing power, testing....for whatever reason, PS3s seem to do everything right. I've tried some standalone players....hoping, thinking, that they can do the job. I've yet to find one, though.
I had heard some time ago that Sony loses money on every PS3 they sell. Don't know if that's still true, given their volume of sales has gone up. Looking at history, if Sony hadn't made the PS3 as robust as it is, at a relatively low cost, they could very well have lost the BD vs HD-DVD wars.