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Friday, March 14, 2008

Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs As Competition Dwindles

Slashdot It! Pricewatch - Blu-ray Disc players from Samsung, Sony and Sharp are now the most expensive they have been all year, presumably because HD DVD's exit from the high-def disc arena has removed some of Blu-ray's pricing pressure. Although HD DVD was always seen as a distant second in the HD format war, it constantly received attention because of the lower cost of its players. Because of this, standalone Blu-ray players were not moving off store shelves very steadily. The majority of Blu-ray Disc movie purchases have to date been for consumers who own a Playstation 3, which has BD playback capabilities. In a move to expedite HD DVD's downfall, Blu-ray manufacturers and retailers aggressively cut prices earlier this year, to the point where it was possible to buy a standalone BD player for less than $300. Via Toms Hardware Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare Get paid $7.50 for reviewing my post Ad Space


allan said...

I cant understand why this technology is still so expencive! Should be a price drop now when HD is out of the picture?

Jek Hui said...

Actually, they are suppose to drop, however, most companies would take advantage of the chance to raise their price as noone would buy HDDVD.