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Sony: $299 Blu-ray Player In 3 Years

Company executives say price declines will follow DVD history.

By Phillip Swann


Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2007) -- Waiting for those $999 Blu-ray players to drop under $500?


Well, you may have to wait awhile. Sony says it could be three years before the player drops to $299 or $399.


In an interview with CNET's News.com, Sony President Stan Glasgow noted that DVD player prices took a few years before they reached more affordable levels.


"If you go back to when DVDs came into play, it took about three years until they got into price points of $299 to $399. I suspect it's about the same thing here with Blu-ray. I think it's going to take up to three years to get down to those price points, possibly a little longer," Glasgow said.



Glasgow added that Sony had some control over the player's components, but needed more sales volume to drop prices.


"Once you get volumes up, you get yields up, and you get efficiencies up; the prices go down on the components," he told the web site.


Toshiba's low-end HD-DVD player is now priced at $499 and company executives hinted recently that $399 and $299 prices could come within the next year.


The cheapest Blu-ray player currently on the market is the low-end PlayStation 3, priced at $499. Most Blu-ray players retail for nearly $1,000.


In the same interview, Sony CEO Howard Stringer defended PS3, which has a Blu-ray player inside. Despite some early bumps, one million PS3 have been shipped in North America and Stringer said the game console will give Blu-ray a big edge over HD-DVD.


"I'd say 90 percent of the people who (own) PS3s are playing that Blu-ray disc on it or playing other Blu-ray discs on it," Stringer told News.com. "Contrary to some of the reports, it is an effective Blu-ray player. The people who like Blu-ray are the people who play PlayStation 3, just as people who play PS2s were the early proponents of the DVD format. It drove the DVD format."


Stringer also dismissed LG's new dual-format player, which will retail for $1199. He said it was "an expensive way of showing universal discs."
 

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The HD DVD Promotion Group says Q4 of 2007 for sub $399 players, maybe even cheaper coming from China!
 

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The HD DVD Promotion Group says Q4 of 2007 for sub $399 players, maybe even cheaper coming from China!

I was at Costco today and saw the Toshiba HD-D2, looked like the A2 in every other regard but must be a Costco-unique model number. It wasn't too far from reaching that $399 price point - I can see it hitting $399 easily this year.
 

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This thread was started and just moved from the HD-DVD player section hence the HD-DVD remarks. So for the sake of clarification the HD-DVD boys did not come here and post.
 

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This thread was started and just moved from the HD-DVD player section hence the HD-DVD remarks. So for the sake of clarification the HD-DVD boys did not come here and post.

There was a thread started last week on the same topic, I think that's what the poster means
 

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I was at Costco today and saw the Toshiba HD-D2, looked like the A2 in every other regard but must be a Costco-unique model number. It wasn't too far from reaching that $399 price point - I can see it hitting $399 easily this year.

internet pricing for the A2 is already under $400 from board sponsors.


I REALLy wish BD would get a cheaper player out but all is not lost the BD-P1200 may help here I could see a street price just over $500 for that unit which won't be a bad deal when competing with the XA2
 

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What's with the comparisons of Blu-ray players to standard DVD player initial price points? I'm pretty sure standard DVD launched with several $499 players, and I don't think it took 3 years (year 2000?) to reach $299. either. I think I bought my second DVD player in 1998 for under $300 on sale.


The point is a bit moot though since the PS3 will be $299 (or less) in 3 years thus the statement will be true.
 

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hah in 3 years hd-dvd will probably have a $100 player lol or cheaper.... well their gonna hit $200 this year for sure

You dont know how true is this!

In 3 years (or sooner) no one will buy hd dvd players anymore.
 

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You dont know how true is this!

In 3 years (or sooner) no one will buy hd dvd players anymore.


In three years time Blu-Ray discs will be relegated to archival storage medium only. Inexpensive HD-DVD players, which are coming out by summer, will bury Blu-Ray.
 

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HD DVD will definitely have a price advantage in terms of hardware for some time to come. The most affordable blu-ray player will remain the PS3 for at least the next 12 months, imo.
 

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why are people gonna buy 200dollar hd dvd players??? to watch the jerk? sting?? and other old movies thats @ the walmart 2dollar rack?

Actually no. To watch movies that either aren't available on BR, or that have no TrueHD track. For example all the movies from Universal, Weinstein, Studio Canal, Bandai...


As well as movies most of the Porn Industry.
 

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I suggest punching up the titles owned by all these companies - particularly Universal - and then asking yourself the "why would you get a $200 HD DVD player" question.
 

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I seriously doubt a porn will have a TrueHD track.

Sorry, I didn't mean porn.
 
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