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Old 10-15-2008, 07:08 AM   #1  
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Here are a few more numbers to chew on as you try to decipher what's really going on in the world of Blu. During Q3 2008, Blu-ray player prices on the whole slipped 12% to an average of $350. While that may sound pretty good to you, just 1.7% of American homes posses a standalone Blu-ray deck. Of course, that number leaves out the legions of PS3 owners who gleefully enjoy BD flicks on their Sony-branded console, but it still pales in comparison to the 26% of US homes that currently have HDTV from a cable or satellite provider. The figures, which were quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, are used to assert that BD still hasn't "arrived" here on US soil, and for most, HD programming or vanilla DVDs are just fine. Our take? Well, we can't argue the numbers, but we're giddy to see how they change after Black Friday 2008 (and the holiday season) takes its toll.
http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/10/15...just-1-7-of-u/
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:41 AM   #2  
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Imo it is a sign of the failure to adapt to a changing world, if the most sold and most used BD player is simply left out of the equation.
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Imo it is a sign of the failure to adapt to a changing world, if the most sold and most used BD player is simply left out of the equation.
I understand the difficulty in trying to measure how many people are using their PS3's as BD players, but clearly many people are when you consider sales of many of the new releases such as Iron Man. Many new releases are selling in the 8-12+% range vs the DVD version and you just cannot do that with a BD player in less than 2% of homes.

Somehow there needs to be a happy medium with these types of surveys.
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The challenge is to simply come up with a reasonable guesstimate, how many PS3's are used in the same way as a SAL, regardless of any other uses the owner might have or not have for it. Specifically for Blu-ray, just counting the SALs is rather pointless imo. Especially today, when there is no more need to skew the picture any more.

Mankind set foot on the moon, one would think at some point someone would be able to figure it out.
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Another dose of wait and see looks like.
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As long as the movies keep coming, I couldn't care less about the general public buying into blu. Let them wallow in ignorance if they want.
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The challenge is to simply come up with a reasonable guesstimate, how many PS3's are used in the same way as a SAL, regardless of any other uses the owner might have or not have for it. Specifically for Blu-ray, just counting the SALs is rather pointless imo. Especially today, when there is no more need to skew the picture any more.

Mankind set foot on the moon, one would think at some point someone would be able to figure it out.
I agree. I think the problem with the majority of these types of surveys is that the company that administers them does not ask the right questions because they don't understand the technology.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:36 AM   #8  
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What's really funny to me is so many times, we've said that some of the people who bought a PS3 might only have bought it for gaming. Well, if that's true, then we might as well just go ahead and count them. After all, these people didn't buy a PS3 just to play PS1 and PS2 games in an upconverted state. Hell, they can't even play PS2 games at all with the current hardware anyway. They're playing PS3 games and buying PS3 games. And by Sony's mandate, all PS3 games are on Blu Ray discs.

So there you have it, not matter what, all PS3's are being used for Blu Ray.




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Old 10-15-2008, 09:27 AM   #9  
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If Blu-ray software sales are running about 10% of DVD software sales and DVD players are in about 99% of US homes, surely about 10% or so have Blu-ray players including the PS3. That is just an approximation of course, but look for Blu-ray to double that penetration this Christmas, even with the bleak economy. Player prices are dirt cheap.

Lee is beginning to struggle with his never ending quest to place Blu-ray in a negative light.

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Lee is beginning to struggle with his never ending quest to place Blu-ray in a negative light.
Actually (even I never thought I'd say this), but Lee has actually been posting more on both sides of the fence lately. At least in the last few days. He's been posting news. Both kinds. Again, I'm surprised to even be saying it. And yet at the same time, pleased.
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If Blu-ray software sales are running about 10% of DVD software sales and DVD players are in about 99% of US homes, surely about 10% or so have Blu-ray players including the PS3. That is just an approximation of course, but look for Blu-ray to double that penetration this Christmas, even with the bleak economy. Player prices are dirt cheap.

Lee is beginning to struggle with his never ending quest to place Blu-ray in a negative light.

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More negative spin from you for anyone not praising BD. Also, I think most of us would consider less than $99 or less dirt cheap, not $299 or less.
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Goofnut, Chris can't see you. No need to respond to him in every thread he posts in.
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Actually (even I never thought I'd say this), but Lee has actually been posting more on both sides of the fence lately. At least in the last few days. He's been posting news. Both kinds. Again, I'm surprised to even be saying it. And yet at the same time, pleased.
I agree. I think Lee's hard heart is starting to soften
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Goofnut, Chris can't see you. No need to respond to him in every thread he posts in.
I know that. I respond so people see what a bloated horse's @ss he is at times.
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Blu-ray player prices dropped 12% in Q3, still in just 1.7% of US homes
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by Darren Murph, posted Oct 15th 2008 at 1:05AM

Here are a few more numbers to chew on as you try to decipher what's really going on in the world of Blu. During Q3 2008, Blu-ray player prices on the whole slipped 12% to an average of $350. While that may sound pretty good to you, just 1.7% of American homes posses a standalone Blu-ray deck. Of course, that number leaves out the legions of PS3 owners who gleefully enjoy BD flicks on their Sony-branded console, but it still pales in comparison to the 26% of US homes that currently have HDTV from a cable or satellite provider. The figures, which were quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, are used to assert that BD still hasn't "arrived" here on US soil, and for most, HD programming or vanilla DVDs are just fine. Our take? Well, we can't argue the numbers, but we're giddy to see how they change after Black Friday 2008 (and the holiday season) takes its toll.

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/10/15...just-1-7-of-u/
Sounds as if he's just slightly biased against Sony. But hey, it's his opinion.
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