Originally Posted by bradavon
I'm be surprised if LG pull out. BD sales can only get better, not to DVD levels but still better.
I was mostly just "thinking out loud" but the thought process was that I believe the majority of consumers think Sony, Panny, Sammy before LG for BR. The BD300 is LG's first true Blu player and now, the BH100 and 200 would probably be considered failures by LG themselves. Additonally, the other 3 mfgrs above have had more exposure as a Blu player mfgr with 2 previous generations in the marketplace. LG may just be unable to compete for a decent piece of the pie.
Also, (as mentioned by Gizmo) there will probably be additional Chinese (Funai?) 1.1 and 2.0 players by the turn of the new year and I believe that they will be available in the $99-149 price range in the very near future, depending on which profile. I believe Walmart's BF deal on their Profile 1.1 Magnavox for $128 is giving us a glimpse of what is to come for '09 player prices across the board.
So, if you factor in that the BD300 is probably not selling very well (just my guess, not fact) and the $400 million dollar hit that LG has taken with the price fix deal, LG may be unwilling to support an area that continues to be unprofitable for them. The BD300 started out at $399, then when Sony and Sammy dropped the list on their new players, it dropped to $349. Now, (as per Gizmo) Fry's is selling it for $299. How lo can you go??? LOL
Anyway, my two cents, I just don't believe that LG can be a significant player in the Blu market.