Originally Posted by ack_bk
Have you seen how many billions Sony, Panasonic, Sharp (Sharp most likely is going under), etc have been losing lately? With the vast majority of those losses attributed to HDTV? 3D for the home did not invigorate anything.
Perhaps we could see a 4K format in the next 5-10 years but I suspect it will be a very pricey one and not really priced for mainstream users. The other problem we have is that DVD, and even Blu-Ray, pricing have spoiled collectors. Most people are not willing to pay more than $10-20 for a catalog title. If you had to go back to LD style pricing, I am not sure the response from collectors would be there.
I see it being about as successful as 3D is right now. People here bitch and moan about a little bit of EE and DNR on some sub $10 titles, can you imagine the outcry if the studios released a 4K transfer that cost $200 with any flaws?
CEI is actually pretty happy w/3D sales; even tho I'm not!
[altho too many 3D set owners don't know they have 3D/just like when new HD set owners didn't know they only had SD sources hooked up]
The prob is & has always been the STUPID margins CE is working (not working actually) on.
Pioneer NEVER made $$$ sell KURO's!!!
Each & every set was sold at a loss; how do you do that?!?!
(yep, KURO added prestige too the line/butt really, not even break even, a loss???)
So CEI are selling sets, at good #'s, just at almost no profit.
Sammy said the heck w/it & are charging a bit more & making $$$.
[disclaimer: I'm a Sammy owner]
Sooooo, the-moral-of-the-story-is, if your incredibly stupid and sell below cost you'll loss $$$!