Hollywood's DVD Cash Cow Starting To Falter
from the more-for-less dept
The original article spends a lot of time talking about price, but never goes so far as to say that it's starting to look like consumers have no willingness to pay a premium over regular DVDs for Blu-ray's supposed benefits. For many people, the difference in picture quality simply isn't enough to justify buying a new DVD player -- no matter how cheap -- and buying more expensive discs, particularly as money gets tighter. James Surowiecki at the New Yorker has a good post on this angle, saying the vast difference in picture quality between VHS and DVD helped drive sales of the latter, but the difference between DVD and Blu-ray isn't wide enough to have a similar effect. But the studios say the down economy will give Blu-ray a boost, because "the supply of Blu-ray players is likely to sharply exceed demand in the coming holiday season, pushing down prices." That seems like a nice way to spin low sales expectations, but even if you ignore that, Blu-ray prices have a long way to fall before they're anywhere near competitive with upconverting standard DVD players.