Originally Posted by Tes7769
Sony and it's partners have until 3rd quarter to get profile 2 BR players out and make them and new BR movies affordable or risk geting permanantly moded to niche technology.If Sony insists on artificially keeping the prices of BR players and movies high, then it(and other BR supporters)will lose the one chance it/they have for BR to be somewhat a commercial success.
One thing that won't happen is BR or any future physical medium will EVER take the place of DVD.DVD is effectively the last totally successful physical movie format.The best BlueRay can hope for is to share the market with different types of VOD/DD until the day when HDTV/12MPS VOD has permeated consumer households(1-3 years away).
I kind of dissagree with this. i feel since BR has just begun to establish itself and people are slowly making a purchase they have probably a couple of years to get the prices down. things dont happen overnight. everything takes time. But when talking about niche status i think we are moving into a niche world. there are so many different ways to get media today that i think everything may be a niche status. At my house alone i now have 4 options for tv alone. comcast, dish, vios, or OTA. now with the first three there is alot of programming that is competing for my viewing. the more options the less viewers each will have. Then you throw hard media into the mix and it has to offer something for it to be worth it for people to buy or rent. The less you can do with the hard media the less worth it will have. illegal or not the very fact that i can rip dvds adds more uses for the media and makes it more fun to have. For example; if i want to take some movies on a trip i can burn them and not worry about losses or damages along the way and then i can just toss them when i get home. I dont think i would ever bring Blu with me on a trip.