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Blu-Ray Struggles outside the Sony PS3

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jwkessler
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jwkessler   1/7/2009 12:36:49 PM
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I'm updating my August post... Just before Christmas Amazon had a Blu-Ray offer that got me to upgrade. I was able to get one of the top rated Panasonic BD-35 players for just $170 after buying four movies. So this christmas was a blu one for me. My general impression is that the quality is well worth it - if you have a very large HD display. In my case I have a 107" front projection screen in a dedicated theater and the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray picture quality is stunning. If you have a 40" or smaller display, you might not notice the difference quite as much. If you have a decent audio system the Blu-Ray sound will knock your socks off - or have you looking for better sub woofers. Blu-Ray disks really give your system a workout! The Pannasonic BD-35/BD-55 players do a very decent job with standard DVDs as well. My DVDs have never looked better. There is no need to replace an existing DVD collection with Blu-Ray. Just go with Blu-Ray moving forward. However there may be some films that would benefit from an upgrade. I just ordered a copy of 2001 on Blu-Ray after reading reviews for instance. That is one example of a film that would benefit from an HD presentation. As for the online services - I fear ISPs will be increasing the cost of this option if it ever gets popular enough. The bandwith required if everyone starts downloading HD movies will almost force them to charge extra. Rentals and downloads also lose the special features that come with most Blu-Ray disks - if you are into that sort of thing. I find these to be quite interesting in many cases.

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Paubf   8/20/2008 5:16:36 PM
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This is just another example of Sony living under the delusion that they can control the market and then failing miserably. Anybody remember Elcassette, Beta, Minidisk, SACD?

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jwkessler   8/6/2008 11:25:32 AM
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I live in a modest sized community. We have a Circuit City but the nearest Best Buy is 60 miles from here. I was in the Circuit City on other business this past week and while there I decided to see what they were offering for Blu-Ray players and movies. Maybe they had the player hidden but I could only find standard DVD players on the shelf. I left the store before looking at the movie selection and went next dorr to Target. They had one sorry looking Sony player on display ($350 price range) and a tiny selection of movies. The impression I got was this is a dying technology. Too bad because I have a home theater with 107" front projection screen so I would appreciate the improved quality. Still, I get enough from my DVR and HD cable to keep me well amused. Blu-Ray isn't going to be a priority until it is more readily available and the price drops. I was hoping for HD-DVD to be the winner because I felt it had the best change to be affordable and more of an open standard.

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Jeff-was-here   8/6/2008 9:47:35 AM
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Player Price: To High for most to justify, especially after required HDTV to enjoy Content: Limited and expensive relative DVD, BD mastering from old film lacking Blu-ray format: Largely closed Sony: Arrogant and controlling, thinks they can tell the customer what they want and how I predict BD sales will pick up but not until the price-performance is within range of DVD. I suspect the average consumer see's Blu-ray as simply a gold-plated DVD. Who needs that?

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