Blu-ray Players drop 33% in price?

Blu-ray Disc standalone players were initially introduced at price points of $1,000 or more, which many consumers and even enthusiasts found to be cost prohibitive. Adoption rates and market penetration of standalone players for either blue laser format (Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD) appears to have been very minimal for 2006. But now it finally looks like the first generation of Blu-ray standalone player models are starting to significantly drop in price. Looking at Blu-ray player listings, we can see that the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray standalone player has dropped to $599 US, which is 33% off the original price! The Philips BDP9000 has also dropped in price and is now also listed at $599 US. That’s a 25% price cut for the Philips model.



Now that the initial prices are falling a bit, more consumers might be willing to pick up a Blu-ray standalone player. But are these price cuts a “good deal” compared to the competition? Well what is the competition? It seems that Blu-ray standalone products have some steep competition from one of the major players in the Blu-ray Disc Association, SONY. If a Sony PS3 gaming system can now be picked up for as little as $499, why would anyone purchase “just” a standalone Blu-ray player? The answer is that most people would not, which is why the majority of Blu-ray players in consumer homes are embedded within the Playstation 3 console. The “normal” Blu-ray standalone players can not compete with a next generation gaming system + Blu-ray movie player all wrapped in one. Especially since the PS3 has a lower price tag and offers much much more! Blu-ray standalone manufacturers are going to have to make significant, additional price cuts in order to compete with the PS3 Blu-ray all-in-wonder machine. Until then, don’t expect to see many “normal” Blu-ray standalone players in average consumer households, but you can be on the lookout for some PS3’s.

About Wes Novack

Wes is a Technologist working in the software industry, with extensive experience building and managing highly available applications, services, and systems in the public cloud. He has extensive experience with online publishing and building internet communities. Wes enjoys hanging with his family, getting outdoors, skateboarding, hiking, pickelball, tennis, the vegan lifestyle, and a good cup of tea. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) @WesleyTech.

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