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Blu-Ray: Is It Time?


#102

Blue Ray will come and go. Moving parts are always expensive and unreliable - your next format will be SD chip or similar. I still have my collection of of CED movies, and I know people who have Beta! JAF (just another format).


#103

I just posed this question at work about 2 weeks ago after I bought a 1080 HD TV, and the majority answer was only the PS3 option was worth it.

First - You need a 1080 TV. Many stores are still selling 720 sets to get rid of inventory. So, unless you buy a 1080 (Full HD TV), no blue ray for you.

Second - The cost of the player. Most players average around $250, so the only decent option is the PS3. Unless you get one for Christmas, the player is expensive as well and not worth it.

Third - Buying movies. Now I have a kid, and we probably got around 50 or so kids DVDs (Barney, Shrek, Wiggles, Kung Fu Panda, etc). Will he care if they are in Blue ray format? Probably not. Do I want to shell out the extra cash so he can watch the Wiggles in Full HD? No thanks. DVDs just fine.

Fourth - Get a good HD package. Cable, Dish, and Satellite are pushing more and more HD format. Get more from your provider. We use Comcast with DVR option so we can record a certain amount of programming for repeat use. Additionally, more and more movies are coming over as HD which can be viewed as well. So, this makes a blue ray player less viable in my opinion as we have a lot of HD content coming in from the provider. Would I like more, yes, but there is a good amount already.

Price points have ot come down before I would consider getting one. Unless your a movie buff with lots of disc media, I would hold off for a while.


#104

Dear author of ten years ago: Blu-Ray makes for good picture, but streaming has won out in popularity - I suspect by being much more source agnostic. Don’t get me wrong, I still purchase the films I really like in Blu-Ray + DVD combinations, because it’s nice to be able to watch a film on my laptop when I’m on the road or otherwise not near the entertainment center. But the overhead given to BD was just too much for effective mass adoption.


#105

Agreed, the goalposts have shifted to 4k, which is a bit more difficult to stream due to the incredible bandwidth required (4x the resolution of 1080p).