Spidermon, can't tell you specifically why your thread was pulled, but some of the threads like yours have ended up devolving into format flame wars (although the talk looked pretty tame to me).
I find it funny that this 40% drop keeps being brought up by the press.
"It's too early to declare Blu-ray a flop. While research firm NPD Group reported a 40% sales drop in January, Sony, studios, and retailers suggest that a scarcity of players in stores is to blame. They say that hardware makers are still gearing up to produce Blu-ray machines in the wake of the format war and point to a 2% uptick in February as more players became available. Andrew J. House, Sony's chief marketing officer, says the company's $399 players are selling well."
Blu-Ray players were bundled (for "free") in December of 2007 and January of this year with 1080p HDTV's. A drop not only should not have been shocking, it should have been expected. I don't think scarcity has much to do with it, but I think it would be a bad company line for Sony et al. to say, "Well, sales are off because Blu-Ray players were basically given away for free with 1080p HDTV's." The Playstation 3 is clearly the elephant pushing the format right now, though.http://www.businessweek.com/print/ma...4050513499.htm
The best Blu-Ray player at the current time IMHO is a Pioneer (either the 94HD using the analog outputs and non-HDMI receiver or the 95FD).