As I return form enjoying my Thanksgiving Day (hope everyone here had a great Thanksgiving Day too!), I've read through the posting in this thread that I had missed.
Two thoughts came to mind...
One, in reference to The Lion King
in 3D, I was thinking that the high box office take it made tells us that the public is willing to pay money for 3D movies provided
they are good
movies. So to expand on that thought, 3D is being accepted, even wanted, by the public, when there is a real reason to see a movie in 3D. Again, stop and think, The Lion King
, is a 17 year old movie, that's been out on DVD for a long while. Pretty much every family has seen it. Yet, people were willing to pay a premium to see this movie re-released in 3D. And you know that a lot of families went to see it, which means a rather steep price to pay at the theaters. So in this case, pricing does not seem to be an issue. (I will be anxious to see the sales figures for the 3DBD, and the sales figures for the BD.)
My second thought was that the CE manufactures may be changing their thinking on how to expand 3D in the home. IMO, I think they hit upon something that might be more on the mark. Blu-ray players having really started to become the standard home player, due to the low cost of the BD players and increase lower cost BDs. So the CE manufactures have taken to really lowering the price of 3D Blu-ray players, with many selling in the $100.00 range (and not just off-name players). Now, yes there are DVD players out there for about $40.00, but those have kind of gotten the reputation of being for those who are not really into "Home Entertainment Equipment" as such (and I'm not talking "high end" stuff). The $40.00 DVD is something you might buy your aunt or your 13yo kid for their room. A simple DVD player, no frills.
But now with the holidays coming, your average consumer has a different choice to make. Let's take a wife buying a gift for her husband...OK, she wants to get him a Blu-ray player...she can buy him a BD player that might be about $80.00, or maybe spend $125.00 on a better named one, or for about $100.00 she can get a 3D BD player...Maybe even a better named one for $125.00 that's still 3D. Now she knows they don't have a 3DTV, but the $100.00 player will still play regular BDs and those DVDs they still have, but it will also play the 3DBD in the future! If they ever upgrade to a 3DTV, and, now, she just got Hubby the latest player out there! It's a win win, IMO.
Now Hubby has the 3DBD player and even though he's said many times he's not really interested in 3D, he has the the 3D player, looking at him, every day, every night...Hell, maybe they could use a second TV, and wow! some of those 3DTVs have really come down in price...The rest may just be history.
The point to all of my rambles is just that maybe the CE manufactures have figured out a way of getting 3D into the home through the back door, and riding the wave of Blu-ray acceptance that seems to be gaining speed. If they can get those looking to make the jump to Blu-ray players, to leap right into a 3D Blu-ray player, at least the 3D technology is in the homes...will it be put to use...time will tell. But if by lowering the prices of 3D Blu-ray players to the $100.00 or below mark, the are increasing the chances of people buying these players over regular Blu-ray players, which was something they didn't do after Blu-ray came out. For so long the price difference between a regular DVD player and a Blu-ray player was so great and with the added opinions
of some that BDs wasn't that much of a difference PQ wise than DVDs, it was just not a choice that needed much thinking on...Save money, buy a DVD player.
Attn: Most of what is posted is IMO
accept the time frame of The Lion King
which came out in 1994, and the going prices of 3D Blu-ray prices. Thank you!