Originally Posted by markrubin
I am not sure this is the only reason the changer was discontinued:
there are other ways to do this: DirecTV did a firmware update to disable (a splash screen appears) the composite & S Video outputs when the box was set for higher/ 1080 output...and Sony must have been aware of the rule when they designed the BD changer: the rule has been in place for some time
If that was the primary reason, Sony would have introduced a new changer with just HDMI out...or just made a firmware change
I believe the reason Sony has not offered a new changer is two reasons. First, they would not announce a new changer was in the works until they had sold off their existing inventory of changers. Otherwise the announcement would curtail sales of their current model. I am not suggesting that is the main reason, but their flight decks should be clear now with their inventory gone. The low prices of these units being dumped on the market would have hindered others from offering a changer until that was over.
The Mega changer was likely delayed in being introduced, probably due to issues, which caused it to get squeezed by this regulatory window. Another incentive not to build anymore of the current model.
The main reason we do not have a new changer is money. It is always money. If the sales of the changer would have been sufficiently robust, they might have begun talking about a new changer now.
I'm optimistic though. I see no reason why video would not be sold in the sale consumer model that has existed since Ford started selling cars in colors other than black. It all comes back to money. Today you can download music and books, but this delivery method has not eliminated written books, CDs, or LPs. Consumers can choose to purchase lower quality audio through download (ignoring HD music here), buy a CD online or retail, or for the real audiophile an LP. The major suppliers of video from Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target and companies that manufacture product like Sony would much rather sell a $20 or $30 BD than a $4 download. They have no financial reason, and probably no financial model that would incent them to discontinue offering BDs.
The genie is out of the bottle now with BD, I wouldn't think something of inferior quality would totally wipe it out. BD players and game consoles that play BDs and also permit downloads should continue to be the platform of the future. As long as BD sales continue, there is no reason a new and better BD changer won't come along. BD rocks, long live BD.