Dvd Vs. Blu-Ray
Are Blu-Ray's the new future for movies?
As the Blu-Ray player has had time to come out and get introduced to people, it is starting to become a common thing found in homes. The Blu-Ray player was originally introduced in Japan in April of 2003. It's official release was in June of 2006.The name "Blu-Ray, comes from the blue laser used to read the disc, instead of the usual red one. The blue laser allows for the information to be stored at a better density than on a typical red laser electronic.This blue ray was to help the Blu-Ray disks have a higher definition than normal DVD's or tapes, and therefore people would buy them for the high quality of the picture.
While Blu-Ray was developing and marketing their player, Toshiba was working on the first HD DVD's. The HD DVD was easier to get people to buy, because they already knew what a DVD was, and so they decided to just upgrade to HD. While the Blu-Ray player was having trouble the first few months, (due to lack of movies and the player having bugs) the HD DVD was becoming quite popular. Then the Blu-Ray got it's big break by having Sony put Blu-Ray players in the new Playstation 3. By early 2007, Blu-Ray players had started to outsell HD DVD's. In February of 2008 Toshiba announced that they were going to stop making HD DVD's and the players. Blu-Ray had won the war against HD DVD's.
By 2009 over 177,200,000 Blu-Ray disks were sold. To increase sales even more companies started including a "digital copy" with Blu-Ray disks that could take the Blu-Ray disk and play it on a computer or Ipod. On December 17, 2009, Blu-Ray announced that they were going to start selling 3D Blu-Ray disks and players.
So what do you think about Blu-Ray players? Are they the future of home entertainment?
Will Dvd's make a stand?
The DVD, or Digital Video Disc, was created by Sony, Phillips, Time Warner, and Toshiba in 1995. It, like the Blu-Ray player, was invented for the purpose of home entertainment. Dvd's are typically sold for $20, although it wasn't always like that. Before companies found out how to mass produce Dvd's, they used to cost around $100 and were mostly rented at a video store. When they started costing $20, a huge demand that the companies did not expect occured. People who used to follow the movies, could now afford to own them. This is what made the DVD one of the best selling products of all time.
At first DVD players had cost $200, which was cheap, considering people could rent and watch the movies for $3 at home, instead of spending $10 at a movie theater. People could also watch it more than once. It was like a VHS, except easier to transport, lighter, etc. Today a Dvd player is in most homes. This is why the transition to Blu-Ray is so hard. Dvd's are already great. They are small, inexpensive, and you can now get players for as low as $50. Although Blu-Ray might have better features, why change if you are already happy with what you have?
It sounds like both players will be here to stay. They both have their own unique ways of keeping consumers happy. They both provide excellent quality while maintaining low prices and keeping everyone happy.
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