Blu-ray Losing the High Definition War (in Japan)

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maniacm0nk3y

I'm no economist but I suspect the reason that Blu-Ray titles are so expensive in stores is because not a lot of people buy them, but at online retailers it's much more common so they can keep the prices reasonable. Kind of like the Blu-Ray players. Supply and Demand...?

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comptech08

It also helps prices to stay down because there is less middle man.  Not as many people working to sell you the item.  And if you can just download it, it can be cheaper even still.

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maniacm0nk3y

I'm no economist but I suspect the reason that Blu-Ray titles are so expensive in stores is because not a lot of people buy them, but at online retailers it's much more common so they can keep the prices reasonable. Kind of like the Blu-Ray players. Supply and Demand...?

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jcollins

Isn't China and Copy Protection a bit of an oxymoron?

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comptech08

Yes, very. I hope some american cracks it, haha.

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nekollx

 So is their just china building more walls or are we likly to see this ported stateside? Do i have to start worying about CD-DVD burners for my high capacity files?

 

Knowing their record though i'll bet havk their system is stolen from another company like their "net nanny" stuff was.

 

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horzo

Wikipedia... "CBHD will use the AVS audio and video codec,
owned by the Chinese government. CBHD's developers claim the format
contains more copy protection features and is part of a big push by
China to fight piracy as well as cut down on royalty payments for
foreign patents."

Link to the source story included. Assuming you read Chinese.

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kloneDesu

Guys... if you've seen the video it's very clear that they are not selling this format in Japan. It was a report done by a Japanese show about the sales figures in China. The store they visited was in Shanghai ,China--it doesn't even make sense for CH-DVD to exist in Japan. They literally say "This is an exclusive format for China" during the report. All those DVDs shown have Chinese on them, not Japanese.

Basically, what's happening is that China has struck a deal with Toshiba to try to sell the HD-DVD format in China as CH-DVD.  China has been less sucessful with previous formats because of the extra royalties they've had to pay to other countries (Sony Blueray=Japan). Eventually, China wants to sell the format to other third-world countries were cost is more important. Both Toshiba and China benefit because one gets to continue using a format thas has been abandoned and the other has found a way to break into the HD market.

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Bandit7x

kloneDesu is right and this article incorrect.  They say that one particular company in China has seen sales of movies as 60% DVD, 30% CBHD, and 10% BluRay. CBHD is not being sold in Japan.

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comptech08

I read on engadget that it was China that CBHD was edging out Blu-ray.  Is it both countries or just one?

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Bless

things will be reversed if they only lower their price

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DBsantos77

No surprise, I really don't want to buy an expensive player that runs a couple hundred, and then a $40-$50 DVD movie that I'm going to watch once.

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Peanut Fox

Are you using the dollar currency?  blu-rays play around the $20 dollar mark.  The Watchmen is going for $20 dollars on Amazon. :)  You know it's tempting. 

Still, players are far too expensive.  I also think most folks are shaky about how long the formatt will last, not to mention the percentage of people who have HD TVs and are watching them with incorrectly configured setups and whacked out aspect ratios.  They just "think" it's HD.

If you don't want to own a movie, there is always NetFlix.

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jcollins

You can't pull out a sale Blu Ray prices as an example for Blu Ray movies across the board.  Watchmen goes for $35.99 MSRP.  Best Buy has it for $26.99 (Amazon will probably have it closer to that price when their sale is over).

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horzo

Wall-E - $20, Shawshank Redemption - $24, Goodfellas - $13, Serenity - $17, Transformers - $23, Godfather bundle - $50

Amazon's "sale" seems to be permanent.

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big_montana

The average user still does not buy their media from Amazon, they will either buy at Walmart, Netflix or Blockbuster. So your Amazon prices are useless in any pricing comparison for Blu-ray media. Power users, like the ones that subscribe to MaxPC may very well purchase from Amazon or other cheaply priced sites, but the average use wants instant gratification and will not shop around online! I will not buy media from amazon for one as I do not own, and have no intention of purchasing, a Blu Ray player for the foreseeable future. A upscale DVD players quality is just as good as Blu Ray at a mere fraction of the price for the player and media.

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horzo

Frankly, "most people are stupid consumers" isn't much of an argument. Yes, I do assume that anyone with a brain shops around. Doesn't really matter, though, because if prices are low on Amazon now, they'll soon come down in brick-and-mortar outlets as well.

And, no...upscaled DVD is NOT just as good as blue ray. I have both an upscaling DVD player and a BD player hooked up to my 40" LCD. Even at that screen size, there's an obvious difference.

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big_montana

Double post, slow @zz site!.

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nekollx

 so for thos of us without even Blue Ray why should we even care?

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maniacm0nk3y

So many format wars. All I really care about is that physical media is preserved or digital media increases it's quality to that of physical media.

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