Blu-Ray Kills HD-DVD: Time To Buy A Player?
The answer for me at least: not yet.
It’s is great news that HD-DVD is finally the “dead” format, now that WalMart has put support behind Blu-Ray, and Toshiba is rumored to drop HD-DVD as well. And just today, a rumor that Microsoft will soon release a stand alone Blu-Ray player for the XBox.
However, I’m holding off. The cheapest stand alone Blu-Ray players are still $350+. My price point for this sort of hardware is $200 or less. Second, current Blu-Ray players will soon be obsolete – they lack interactive features, and no player will have them until the Blu-Ray “profile 2.0″ spec is released in October. Pre 2.0 players may be unable to play future Blu-Ray discs.
Also disconcerting are problems with the early Blu-Ray player Samsung BDP 1200, namely long startup times and difficulty with firmware upgrades. The general feeling is the player was put on market before the technology was ready. There’s a class action lawsuit against Samsung as a result.
It seems the best option is just getting a PS3, as it comes straight from Sony, but with my current dearth of gaming ability this isn’t likely.
So while Blu-Ray is on my shopping list, I’m not climbing aboard just yet. The smart money says to wait until “Blu-Ray Live” or “2.0″ later this year. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy HD rentals on the Apple TV.