One of the biggest barriers for any solid technology to gain the acceptance of the mainstream consumer is price. Those who have seen Blu-ray movies on a 1080p display know what a leap they are over DVD, but until prices fall below a certain point, consumers won’t buy in.
I actually never find buying movies to be too expensive. Blu-ray here are $5-10 more but it's more than worth the money. Plus you would only buy movies you want to keep, so its not that much more per movie, or for your entire collection.
Heh, all my friends think I'm crazy because I can't see an appreciable difference between DVD and Blu-Ray. Maybe it's just the enormous barrier to entry in price -- for a college student -- that's clouding my vision.
I would like to join a federation of Computer Patent Owners, where anyone who is in the federation is free to make use of patented items within the federation with no liscensing issues. That way I wouldn't have to worry about the several thousand patents Microsoft filed and just pay a small subscription fee.
when these manufactures of HDTVs make a decent display with integrated Bluray Player at an affordable price, that's when it will go mainstream. I would be interested in a quality 32"LCD w/built-in player in the low US$400s
[citation][nom]cletus_slackjawd[/nom]when these manufactures of HDTVs make a decent display with integrated Bluray Player at an affordable price, that's when it will go mainstream. I would be interested in a quality 32"LCD w/built-in player in the low US$400s[/citation]
Packaging things together is a great way to sell low quality products for more than they're worth.
[citation][nom]kiasu81[/nom]Does this mean that CD and DVD will be subsidizing Blue ray ?[/citation]
No, not quite. It's simply creating a single governing body so companies don't have to deal with multiple people when creating devices using these technologies.
And considering that the same group of people pioneered these technologies, I don't think they can be subsidized.
And it's Blu-ray, not Blue (you can't copyright colors).
[citation][nom]techtre2003[/nom]OK, a 40% decrease in cost resulting in an 11 cent fee for a Blu-Ray discs. That made the old rate what? 18 cents?Am I missing some big savings somewhere?[/citation]
Maybe, but you may want to read it over again
The companies involved estimate that royalty rates for Blu-ray Disc products are expected to be at least 40 percent lower than the current cumulative royalty rates for individual Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD format licenses