Consider this a lesson in why a monopoly is a bad thing. Now that everyone has finished cheering the Blu-Ray victory and the dust has settled the analysts have had some time to do some investigating.
At the peak of the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray battle the Sony BDP-S300 stand alone Blu-ray player was selling for $307… Now? Well now it is going for $403, that would be a $96 increase…
Sony isn’t the only one profiteering though,
LG seems to be the only guys who are being semi-logical with the pricing. What is even worse though is that every single one of these players will be obsolete later this year as they cannot connect to the Internet and according to the upcoming Blu-Ray specs, they are going to have to.
So what does this all mean? Monopoly = BAD
If you really need a Blu-Ray player then get the PS3, however only the most optimistic fanboy can expect Blu-Ray to become mass market this year, why would you buy something that you know is going to be obsolete in less than a year?
My crystal ball is telling me that Blu-Ray is just another UMD, it just won’t get into the mass market.
Last Updated: March 14, 2008