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Early Black Friday Forecast: $149 Blu-ray, $499 Plasma
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September 19, 2008 | by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Dealnews has started making its Black Friday electronics sales predictions, and they’re looking good if you’re waiting to buy Blu-ray and 42 to 50 inch HDTVs.
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Posted by paul  on  09/20  at  10:52 AM

Now they must get the price of the discs down, under $20.

Posted by Reallynotnick  on  09/20  at  11:09 AM

Sounds like it is time to quit my job at BB before black friday if these prices are correct! ;P
$150 for a BD player seems about right for a no name brand, if they ca do $230 on just a normal week sale $200 seems pretty weak.

Posted by StareClips.com  on  09/20  at  02:39 PM

Amazon.com often has some decent sales on Blu-ray discs, often bringing new ones below $20 on an almost monthly basis.

Posted by hoomee  on  09/21  at  06:40 PM

There are lots of rumors that Sony is going to lower the price of it’s BDP-350 player from $399 to $299 on sept. 28th.

Posted by joemama127  on  09/22  at  11:35 AM

Amazon may have some good BD sales this year but the fantastic BOGO’s of last year are gone forever I’m afraid. I told people wishing for the death of HD-DVD that it would happen and many laughed said that BOGO’s would still be around after the war ended. Oh really? :)

Posted by Michael  on  09/23  at  12:54 PM

I’ve already sworn off Blu Ray.
They’re gouging on the prices and this price drop proves it.
The technology’s not new and by economy of scale, it should now cost them no more to produce a BR player than a standard disc player.

Besides, I don’t like the way Sony does business, as made evident by their actions in this format war.

It’s obsolete technology, anyway, and the format’s unstable. Not to mention their odious DRM.

Posted by chirpie  on  10/01  at  11:11 AM

REPLY: Michael
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“They’re gouging on the prices and this price drop proves it.”

How exactly does a price drop prove price gouging? This is hardly the first time someone started charging less for a new technology, which leads us to…

“The technology’s not new and by economy of scale, it should now cost them no more to produce a BR player than a standard disc player.”

Hardly. The hard costs for a Blu-ray player are absolutely still higher than an average DVD player. They’ve only just now started designing new chips that are integrating items such as multi-core CPU and graphics accelerator duties all onto one chip. The horsepower needed to decode High Definition video at Blu-ray’s bitrate speeds are multitudes greater not to mention the myriads of new codecs they now support that they must decode.

“Besides, I don’t like the way Sony does business, as made evident by their actions in this format war.”

Buying up studio support to win? I guess they are unclean in that respect, but no more than Toshiba who did the same.

“It’s obsolete technology, anyway, and the format’s unstable. Not to mention their odious DRM. “

DRM does suck. But I’m not sure what you mean by unstable? Blu-ray has had fewer teething problems for me than the troubles I went through with DVD when it was first introduced.

Posted by Michael  on  10/01  at  11:43 AM

REPLY: Chirpie
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“How exactly does a price drop prove price gouging?”

Because A: it proves they can charge less and still make money on the deal, B: it proves it costs them no more to make a player than it cost Toshiba to make one and C: when they weren’t a monopoly the prices came down as HD DVD came down. Once Toshiba quit, the prices shot right back up to what they were. Their pricing is arbitrary, therefore GOUGING.

“Hardly. The hard costs for a Blu-ray player are absolutely still higher than an average DVD player.”

Proof? And from a source that isn’t the manufacturer or an interested party? And just because they decide to keep putting features in to keep the price up doesn’t mean they’re features anyone wants.

“Buying up studio support to win? I guess they are unclean in that respect, but no more than Toshiba who did the same.”

Not to the extent that Sony did. Anyway, I’m referring to the price for players shooting back up the very day Toshiba threw in the towel.

“But I’m not sure what you mean by unstable?”

Unstable enough that they’ve had to create a new special commission just to iron out all the problems with the format. Exacerbated, no doubt, by packing in a bunch of codec support and Web-enabled “features” (usually hooked to toxic DRM) that nobody wants or needs.

Put a briefer way: To each his own, but I say no to Blu Ray. Now and for all time.

Posted by Coupcoup  on  10/01  at  06:15 PM

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Posted by CMan  on  10/14  at  11:17 AM

The base requirements for Blu-Ray are significantly higher than for a plain old DVD player as can be ascertained by the minimum requirements for playing them on a PC. You can play a DVD on a 1.5 GHz computer, but you need a dual core 2.0 + GHz computer to meet the bare minimum for Blu-Ray playback.

Anyways, I think they’ll come down to $130 for Black Friday. I think the HD Camcorders will be a bit higher than mentioned, also at about $130, and I agree on the assumed pricing on the tvs.

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