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Feb 26, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Link: Blu-ray Alliance to Modify Licensing for Supporting BD media (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20090226124651)
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puckhead193
Feb 26, 2009, 12:50 PM
i'm still waiting for a mac book pro with Blu-ray support or any mac for that matter :rolleyes:

while we're talking about HD anyone see that pioneer is going to stop making plasma TVs? i guess LCD won but IMO plasma is better :(

irmongoose
Feb 26, 2009, 12:58 PM
Finally. Prices are way too steep - I've more than once decided not to buy a Blu-ray disc after thinking twice about cost. I guess the current economy doesn't help, either.

Pioneer isn't just stopping plasma TV production, it's getting out of the TV business altogether! Too bad... they did make excellent TVs.



irmongoose

jleboe
Feb 26, 2009, 11:32 PM
Oh wow, LCD is by far the superior tech. And Pioneer makes crap products anyway. Can't touch samsung or sharp for quality

Kaonashi
Feb 26, 2009, 11:52 PM
i'm still waiting for a mac book pro with Blu-ray support or any mac for that matter :rolleyes:

while we're talking about HD anyone see that pioneer is going to stop making plasma TVs? i guess LCD won but IMO plasma is better :(

I agree, just the option would be really nice. Admittedly I don't have many blue ray movies yet but not even having the option of getting a mac that can play them doesn't give me any incentive to buy more if I can't watch them on my computer.

Kaonashi
Feb 27, 2009, 12:51 AM
Somewhat related story just popped up on edibleapple, http://www.edibleapple.com/blu-ray-licensing-gets-easier-will-apple-be-tempted/]Blu-Ray licensing gets easier, will Apple be tempted?

Note: I have no relation to Edible Apple, I just am an insomniac with too many RSS feeds watched.

Michael CM1
Feb 27, 2009, 01:22 AM
Finally. Prices are way too steep - I've more than once decided not to buy a Blu-ray disc after thinking twice about cost. I guess the current economy doesn't help, either.

Pioneer isn't just stopping plasma TV production, it's getting out of the TV business altogether! Too bad... they did make excellent TVs.



irmongoose

Prices are only "way too steep" if you don't know how to shop for them, which is kind of a skill.

The best place to hunt from anywhere is Amazon.com. I bought Lost Season 3 for about $20 less than anywhere else about a year ago. Right now, Smallville Season 6 and 7 sets are below $40, which is usually pretty good for DVD sets. As far as movies, most people will say BD movies cost about $30. I am pretty sure that I have only spent that much on one movie (The Simpsons Movie). I think most of mine have been less than $20. Amazon runs a lot of sales on movies. Most older titles that are re-released, like Top Gun or The Rock, cost $20. Iron Man, Indiana Jones 4, and Transformers have all consistently been under $20.

So the BDs are a little more expensive than DVDs, but as someone who has shopped them for more than a year, I can tell you that prices are slowly declining. Part of that is probably because Circuit City went out of business. They had a ton of them priced at $35, which was ridiculous if you ever shopped anywhere else. But with players now consistenly less than $300 (how much I paid for mine in late 2007), BD seems to be moving along just like DVD. Luckily for everybody, BD and DVD will be able to co-exist and we won't have to buy those clunky VHS/DVD combo units to play all of our movies.

RexTraverse
Feb 27, 2009, 01:28 AM
Pioneer isn't just stopping plasma TV production, it's getting out of the TV business altogether! Too bad... they did make excellent TVs.

On the plus side, they're not stopping until this summer which means we've got a few months left to grab a Kuro for (relatively) dirt cheap. I've seen the Kuro 5020FD for around $1500. For the size and picture quality you're getting, that's insane.

spaceballl
Feb 27, 2009, 07:15 AM
Well, this is good news. I prefer ripped movies on my laptop (or rented / downloaded from iTunes) because when on planes, there's a lot less power usage by not having to spin up the optical drive. As much as I want a Blu Ray drive in my mac, I think I'll be mostly sticking with non-physical content when on the go.

But I do love watching BluRays on my PS3 at home :D