I am disappointed with Blu-ray disc. I think all Home Theater aficionados should be disappointed with it as well. What's most upsetting with it is that most of my gripes with Blu-ray stem from things unrelated to AV stuff and more related to business/money stuff.
1) DRM plagues Blu-ray. A big problem with Blu-ray is that consumers can't make a digital rip of a movie they buy like they can from an audio CD. I would buy a heck of a lot of discs if I could rip them onto HDD and connect it to my OPPO for playback. I buy tons of audio CDs and rip them to MP3 and FLAC for playback in my car/home. Since I can't rip DVD/Blu-rays, I never buy them. I literally only own a handful of discs. I own hundreds of CDs.
2) DVD has more "meaningful features" that I appreciate than does Blu-ray. For example, with DVD I can have the player remember my place in the movie/disc when I stop playback and remove the disc from the tray. I can't do this on most Blu-rays. On DVD, I can usually skip previews and advertisments that play before the movie. Often times, I want to watch these previews. But I want to do it when I am receptive to finding new movies. FORCING me to watch before the content of the disc makes me not want to buy discs cause everytime I start up, I'm forced to view a Warning, Previews, Advertisements. Users should be able to skip the Warning and all Previews and Advertisements. These items should be accessible on the disk though so that viewers can manually view the Warning, the Previews, and Advertisements at their discresion. But instead these things are force-fed to the viewer when starting the disc and the viewer has no way to watch these things manually at their choosing. This is BAD DESIGN.
3) Blu-ray is way too expensive. Yes you can find popular/prominent material at good prices. But Blu-ray is significantly more expensive to rent (e.g., from Netflix) and if you want to buy some material that is not popular it is way more expensive to buy on Blu-ray than DVD. This is caused by DRM costs, exorbitant licensing fees, etc. Ultimately the same political reasons why Blu-ray beat HD DVD are keeping Blu-ray from ultimately succeeding in the market like DVD has done. If the best format was all that mattered, HD DVD would have won for a number of reasons, one of them being cost.
4) Blu-ray performance isn't that great. I mean seriously, it color samples at 4:2:0. I'm not a fan of video processing and I often find that I am happier with DVD image than with a Blu-ray image because to me the Blu-ray image always looks over processed.
I know many other people that feel the same way I do about this issue. Was wondering what you guys think? (I originally posted the majority of this post in another thread but after posting decided I wanted to give this subject a thread of its own).