Just read in the local busisness section of my newpaper, and they have earmarked what we already know.
1) SD DVD software sales dropped off 4% in 2007
2) The industry expects another 2% drop off in 2008
3) Blu-ray sales are not doing well, because consumers are happy with
their SD DVD, upconverted or not on their big screens.
4) Blu-ray players are too expensive, as 1 consumer remarked.
5) As one industry person had noted in the article, consumers are not going to buy a half-baked product, meaning Blu-ray.
- I know Blu-ray profile 2.0 is coming out soon Panny BD-50 and the new Sony's will alll be @ $600. Even the Blu-ray campis alrady upset about the pricing
6) Blu-ray is in direct competion to the now and upcoming downloadable HD content, ie.- VUDU, Apple TV, Netflix.
Personally I have both formats, I have always been a HD DVD supporter, because we had a great "finalized" product that worked well and gave us great HD content, w/o the price gouging.
Even thou Toshiba is coming out with a Super DVD, I think they may be adopting that technology China is going to bring to their market, as many of us have read before. Sure competition is good and I hope Toshiba will get back into the game and eventually take back the market. I think they have to time it right, when they see that Blu-ray is dying in the market and sales are so poor..........Toshiba is here to give the consumer the alternative for half the price and works just as good......the revival of HD DVD and Super DVD.
I am keeping both the A2 and A30, who knows what the future may hold for us. If Toshiba comes back strong and I hope they do, for the small group of loyal HD DVD consumers will be jumping for joy.