Originally Posted by wilbur_the_goose
The ironic thing is that the death of the mega changer could well to more piracy. Just the opposite of what Sony wants.
I believe you are right Mr. Goose. In the absence of a changer option, only 2 extremes will exist in the market place. Lower quality easily pirated movies from burned DVDs and BDs, or very expensive storage solutions involving TBs of data storage that are legally questionable for BDs or ultra high end such as Kaleidoscape like systems (who should be legal although they do burn the BDs the movie requires the BD to be stored in the system to play). This will only be exasperated by 3D and 4K who have great data storage needs but fit on a BD.
Changers have likely always been a small market, but this I think is more due to a lack of commitment by manufacturers to properly market these devices and educate the public of their benefits.
Sony had to stop producing these since they are no longer compliant, ironically a concern over piracy. It is like when the music industry stopped making LPs, go totally digital, and then complain about piracy. Sony could keep churning out BDs, which if you are going to stream or compress is of no benefit to the consumer when it is so much easier and cheaper, sometimes free to download. This in of itself is not bad, there should be a cheap low quality option, it is just in Sony's best interest to support a high quality option also, and losing the convenience of a changer is a big step backwards.
Sony appears to be a clumsy giant though, and they likely have no idea if or when they will offer changers again. I hope the gravity of the proliferation of 50 GB BDs will once again refocus Sony on changers. After all, who would have thought we would have ever seen the rebirth of the LP as an option for those who want better quality audio?