Blu-ray player prices dropping
You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get a good Blu-ray player under $200. Sears is now selling the Sharp AQUOS BDHP21U player for $179. This is not a sale price! This comes on the heals of the leaked Sears Black Friday ad listing the Sony BDP-S350 for $179.
The BDHP21U is a BD1.1 player meaning it does not have BD-Live features. By contrast, the previously mentioned Sony player now has a firmware update which enabled BD-Live (requires a 1GB minimum thumb drive). The Sharp player does have Quick Start which loads a Blu-ray Disc movie in as little as ten seconds.
This is a trend we’re seeing. I’ve even heard rumors of sub-$100 players by Christmas. I expect Blu-ray to really take off in 2009.