Blu-ray and the reason I'll never buy media on disc again
- Posted on [October 9, 2006 ] @ 11:25 pm
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Today Sony announced their first 50 GB Blu-ray movies which is hyped as better audio and picture quality and is supposed to spur the purchases of new Blu-ray hardware. However, I would be surprised if I would actually notice a difference watching a Bu-ray disc on my 720P/1080i LDC Samsung.
The press release says: “As consumers make the leap to Blu-ray’s incredible high-definition picture and cinema quality audio, they want access to a diverse selection of content packed with added-value features and reference titles,” said David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
I am a huge Sony fan, but disagree with this sentiment.
* As the price of storage comes down and high bandwidth pipelines enter our homes, why would I want to purchase a movie on a Blu-ray disc that I will soon be able to rent/watch on PPV, or maybe even purchase online with a digitial download?
* I think it would be a huge waste to purchase new hardware to support a format that won’t be around long. Too bad Sony didn’t invest this money on leapfrogging the competition on doing hi-quality movie downloads/puchases/renting/etc.
* Who really wants add-value features that comes with this content, and what does that even mean? I rarely ever watch a trailers or out-takes. What else will these discs include?
* Lastly, the first 50 GB Blue-ray disc is the monster blockbuster called Click Adam Sandler Is that targeting families who want to watch a cheezy comedy together? I don’t know anyone who saw Click, do you?