"Blu-ray is dead" - ZDNet article

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  1. FrenchKheldar macrumors member

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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=365&tag=nl.e550

    OK OK it's only ZDnet but the article seems relatively well written (I indeed think upscaling DVD players are killing the Blu-Ray players for the casual viewers). And this seems to consolidate earlier statement from Jobs... I'm not sure we'll see Blu-Ray in Macs anytime soon !
     
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    Time to start the petition for Steve to put Blu-ray back into the MacB-

    Oh.
     
  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Ha, DEAD!

    DEAD...DIE, DIE, DIE...

    What's this for again??? :eek:
     
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    DOA. :) No phsyical media can topple iTunes!:rolleyes:

    Serioulsly... I wish these giant companies would just get together, develop and share technology standards, then go about their usual business. We, the consumers, just don't care. Give us a standard and let us adopt it. I understand capitalism is all about one-up-manship, but nobody wins if the bar is moved every time we try to jump over it!
     
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    I know there's some truth to this, as studios would LOVE to go to downloaded programs only and not have to make discs, and on top of that, heavily DRM'd with Pay-Per-View.

    At about $4 for each view, I'd be paying $400 for a copy of some of my favorite movies... :eek:
     
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    Apple, Blu-ray, and the Future of Digital Downloads: What is Apple Really Up To?

    Apple, Blu-ray, and the Future of Digital Downloads: What is Apple Really Up To?

     
  8. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

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    Yea. Digital downloads is the way to go! Because my downloads on my PS3 wont work on my xbox upstairs and your uVerse download, I cant take to my house and barrow, but my iTunes download works on all my ipods...oh thats a no go.

    But everybody has fast broadband in the US to just pay for the movie 25 different times....

    OR sense Blu-ray is backwards compatible with DVD...will it eventually just replace them in a smooth transition, once lower costs compile....hhmmm

    nah, that 3 hour HD wedding I just edited, ill just upload it to my public iDisk and send them the link :rolleyes:
     
  9. FrenchKheldar thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think the article was saying downloads were the way to go. I think it says that Blu-Ray technology has probably missed its window of massive adoption and that it might never get another one. Today, casual consumer is happy with his upscaled DVDs and with at least 1 more year of tough economic times, I fail to see how Blu-Ray will make big marketshare gains... And in one or 2 years, another technology, possibly cheaper and maybe with a better strategy, will come along and start a new cycle...
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I think over time individuals have become more cautious at upgrading.

    A short history:
    - VHS / Beta
    - CEDs (Capacitance Electronic Discs)
    - Laser discs (normal and CAV)
    - DVD
    - H-DVD / BluRay
    - DL Movies

    For many DVD is good enough. Others will swear by BluRay. And some did by HD-DVD.

    Standards continually change. When you buy into one, your investment if you will, is tied to it. DVDs have a huge installed base. I would venture to say that for many who own many DVDs, purchasing the movies that they already own in BluRay format, is simply not worth it.

    Those individuals who have just entered the market and have purchased only BluRay videos won't understand until the next format is released and they must then make this same decision.

    Gut feeling is that a new medium will be out on the market before BluRay really takes off.
     

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