Despite Winning The HD Format War, Blu-Ray Sales Dropped

from the whoops dept

We've been pretty harsh on the warring camps over the next generation DVD standard, pointing out, frankly, that most people just didn't care, and the longer the two sides battled, the worse the problem would get. However, even given that I wouldn't have expected the latest news that Blu-ray sales have plummeted from January to February, following its eventual win in the standards battle. Research group NPD chalks up the sales drop to the high prices of Blu-ray DVD players... but that doesn't make any sense. The players were already expensive -- so you'd at least expect sales to remain constant, even if selling prices may have bumped up a bit without the HD DVD competition.

My guess is that a few different things may have impacted the decline in sales. First, there's the seasonal aspect of it (and February is a short month). But, perhaps even more important is that the whole standards battle itself turned users off from any form of next generation DVDs. Those who were HD DVD early adopters are pissed off that they bet on the wrong horse, and those who didn't follow the space closely just know that some folks got screwed -- and don't want to take the chance. One other factor may be the widespread stories warning people not to buy Blu-ray, because the player profile is getting updated, and many older players are not upgradeable. Either way, the backers of Blu-ray can't be all that thrilled that the end of the standards battle didn't lead to a jump in sales. Perhaps they should have spent a bit more time coming up with reasons for consumers to buy rather than wasting all that time fighting with HD DVD.

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    Trilox, 1 May 2008 @ 9:36pm

    Myth Busting?

    "Prices of blu-ray players have remained static, and any minor fluctuation is due to seasonal differences."

    Minor fluctuation?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/blu-ray-player-prices-hit-2008-highs-competition-dw indles,5010.html

    I don't know where you've been getting your prices from but some of the players before the war ended for BluRay's were as much as a $100 cheaper, on average from week to week.
    I bought the Samsung BD-P1400 in October of last year as a birthday gift for myself, before the holiday season. It was almost as cheap as it was in January.

    Only a couple players came down in price, which was good as some of those players were around $1000. Now the article I posted is a bit older and the chart only goes up to March 12th., but go look for yourself on the prices of the players in the list. The cheap one on the list, the Sony BDP-S300 was at $307. If you check around it's price is now $399 just like the rest of the players. These aren't seasonal changes, these are due to a unchallenged playing field.

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