How Soon Before Blu Ray / HD DVD Is "Affordable?"


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 15, 2007
Just curious for folks' take on this. If BluRay wins, when do you think the drives and media will be "affordable," such as maybe a $100-200 add-on for the drive, and media down in the $1 or less range? If HD DVD wins, same question.

I have so much archived on optical media that I'm looking to cut it down by a factor of ~10x ...


Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
New Zealand
I have an X360 HD DVD drive (US$179/NZ$249) hooked up to my Mac right now. I need to use Windows to play the movies, so I'm hoping that Leopard includes support, but I think it's affordable as-is.


macrumors 68020
Apr 10, 2006
Ellicott City, MD
blank DL DVDs are hard to find for $1 each and you want blank Blu-Ray or HD-DVD for $1? you'll be waiting a long time probably. there also isn't even any external (or even user-installable internal) HD-DVD burners as far as i know. i think the only way of getting one is by buying the new Toshiba notebook that has one pre-installed. Blu-Ray burners are down to about $500 right now. so there's still some time to go before the drives are in your range. as far as media prices go, i'm guessing years before they hit $1 each blank.


macrumors 68030
May 28, 2002
Right now blu-ray discs are about $15 and burners $450.. I think you can safely assume those prices will be cut in half by this time next year. If you're even more optimistic, i think you're looking at burners for $200 and discs at $5 a year from today.

Let's hope they're even cheaper.


macrumors 604
Mar 17, 2004
Both Blu-ray and HD-DVD have sold pretty badly so far, Blu-ray has just sold less badly. Whichever hits $99 first should gain a pretty solid lead over the other. If I were the manufacturers I would be rushing to get the price down ASAP.


macrumors 604
Mar 17, 2004
such as maybe a $100-200 add-on for the drive
HD-DVD is already available as a $179 add-on, and it comes with 5 free movies. It's called the XBox 360 HD-DVD add-on; and before someone mentions the fact that you need an XBox 360, Mac OS X recognizes the drive, so as soon as Leopard comes out with the ability to play HD-DVDs, that drive should work with any Mac.

External USB 2.0 HD-DVD drive for $179.