Don Reisinger over at CNET has published an article completely lambasting Blu-Ray and its future… What seems to have triggered this off is the fact that Blu-Ray actually lost market share last week and is now sitting at a utterly under whelming 8% of the market.
However the news gets worse for Blu-Ray after that as a recent study has shown that over 50% of the people surveyed had not intention of buying a stand alone Blu-Ray player and only 23% are considering it… and they are only considering it for 2009.
Hell I’ve been considering buying a boat for years now and haven’t gotten around to it so it’s not like we can count on that 23% actually buying one anytime soon.
He goes on to show how the PS3’s sales aren’t enough for Blu-Ray and the fact that the only PC’s with Blu-Ray drives are insane power houses that most of us will never own.
However the reason why I don’t believe that Blu-Rays are the way of the future and Don agrees with me is simply that they don’t offer enough of an improvement over DVD.
The mainstream don’t care about how many pixels are on the screen or how cinematic the sound is… they want it look good and be easily accessible. DVD looks great upscaled on a HDTV and the difference between Blu-Ray and DVD just isn’t great enough to warrant the money.
Let’s also not forget that the largest world markets also have the bandwidth for digital distribution.
Last Updated: September 29, 2008