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Is Blu-Ray going to become the new standard as DVD took over VHS?

 

I'm certainly not a pro but it doesn't really seem that the advantages of BD to DVD are that substantial as DVD to VHS.

 

It is already quite obvious that Blu-Ray isn't taking the route of the MiniDisc medium..

 

What's your take on the topic?

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its not going to yet. To expensive. once the price goes down maybe. but it all depends on the consumer view.

 

+1, the price.

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Eventually but it's still a few years away I wouldn't worry about it because by the time everything goes blue ray and it becomes the main format for movies you'll probably be able to buy a blue ray player for the same cost as DVD players costs today.

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Yep, it will. Price is not going to stop anything. Dvd's were expensive when they first came out too. There are tons of benefits to blu-ray, many of which are not mainstream yet. The Blueray live feature is pretty significant as well. And for me the picture is worth the extra $10 per movie;-)

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It's not the simple matter of cost. There are more factors to take into consideration, factors that will impede Blu-Ray's adoption, factors that weren't present during the VHS to DVD conversion. For starters, there's the lack of apparent benefit. Most people don't see a difference in terms of quality when comparing DVD and Blu-Ray, especially to people who have DVD players that upscale the quality of the DVD for their HDTVs. Then you have the issue of digital distribution. We didn't have things like Hulu or Netflix's live streaming back in the 90s to compete with DVDs and many people are loving the quick access and low cost of such services. Finally, you've got the primary problem that's also plaguing the music industry, there's simply too much media for a single person to consume (books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, video games, and who knows what else) and as such, people start shifting their priorities. People don't listen to as much music as before because now they're too busy browsing social networking sites or watching clips of cats doing silly things on Youtube. People don't read as many books because they would much rather read magazines or Internet articles. This happens with the introduction of every new form of entertainment. Look at radio, practically nobody listens to it anymore outside of their cars, and even that is starting to go by the wayside with almost every new car coming with some sort of Aux input or MP3 player integration.

 

It's too simplistic to blame money as the primary reason for slow adoption of Blu-Ray. Yes, it's certainly a primary factor since there are so many cheaper alternatives available. Interestingly, it's high cost can also be attributed to the fact that not many people are buying into the format. If we had as many people buying into Blu-Ray as we did with DVDs, the cost of Blu-Ray movies would be much cheaper now due to economies of scale.

 

So will Blu-Ray eventually become the optical standard? Most likely. But then again, the 3.5" floppy became the standard for that type of media and look at where it is now. Don't be surprised if optical discs go by the wayside sooner rather than later.

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It's not the simple matter of cost. There are more factors to take into consideration, factors that will impede Blu-Ray's adoption, factors that weren't present during the VHS to DVD conversion. For starters, there's the lack of apparent benefit. Most people don't see a difference in terms of quality when comparing DVD and Blu-Ray, especially to people who have DVD players that upscale the quality of the DVD for their HDTVs. Then you have the issue of digital distribution. We didn't have things like Hulu or Netflix's live streaming back in the 90s to compete with DVDs and many people are loving the quick access and low cost of such services. Finally, you've got the primary problem that's also plaguing the music industry, there's simply too much media for a single person to consume (books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, video games, and who knows what else) and as such, people start shifting their priorities. People don't listen to as much music as before because now they're too busy browsing social networking sites or watching clips of cats doing silly things on Youtube. People don't read as many books because they would much rather read magazines or Internet articles. This happens with the introduction of every new form of entertainment. Look at radio, practically nobody listens to it anymore outside of their cars, and even that is starting to go by the wayside with almost every new car coming with some sort of Aux input or MP3 player integration.

 

It's too simplistic to blame money as the primary reason for slow adoption of Blu-Ray. Yes, it's certainly a primary factor since there are so many cheaper alternatives available. Interestingly, it's high cost can also be attributed to the fact that not many people are buying into the format. If we had as many people buying into Blu-Ray as we did with DVDs, the cost of Blu-Ray movies would be much cheaper now due to economies of scale.

 

So will Blu-Ray eventually become the optical standard? Most likely. But then again, the 3.5" floppy became the standard for that type of media and look at where it is now. Don't be surprised if optical discs go by the wayside sooner rather than later.

Well put, I for one enjoy upscaled dvd's just as much as blurays.

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If you're worried about switching to a BD-ROM burner/writer, it's not quite there yet. Those are still a luxury. The market moves slowly, so I'd give it two or three years before you really need a BD drive.

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Well put, I for one enjoy upscaled dvd's just as much as blurays.

 

Upscaled DVDs look pretty good, but there's simply no beating a true high def source like Blu-Ray in terms of quality. The difference in quality is simply astounding. It's why I've switched to downloading Blu-Ray rips instead of DVD rips of movies. The file size is much larger, but it's also very much worth it.

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Upscaled DVDs look pretty good, but there's simply no beating a true high def source like Blu-Ray in terms of quality. The difference in quality is simply astounding. It's why I've switched to downloading Blu-Ray rips instead of DVD rips of movies. The file size is much larger, but it's also very much worth it.

+1 It's super easy to tell the difference between an upscaled DVD & Blu-Ray. Even an HD Channel on TV looks bad compared to an actual Blu-Ray disc ;)

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Well put, I for one enjoy upscaled dvd's just as much as blurays.

You need to sit down and watch an actual BluRay movie; upscaled DVDs don't even come close to a good BluRay movie (especially on larger screens).

 

+1 It's super easy to tell the difference between an upscaled DVD & Blu-Ray. Even an HD Channel on TV looks bad compared to an actual Blu-Ray disc ;)

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