January 6, 2009

THE QUESTION OBTAINS FOR YOUR COMPUTER HARD DRIVE AS WELL AS MEDIA:

Blu-ray’s Fuzzy Future (MATT RICHTEL and BRAD STONE, 1/06/09, NY Times)

Heavy holiday discounting and the natural decline in electronics prices over time have pushed prices for some Blu-ray players under $200, a drop of well more than half in the last few years — and into the realm of affordability for many. At the same time, Blu-ray’s backers, including Sony and the Walt Disney Company, face a growing chorus of skeptics that says the window for a high-definition disc format may be closing fast.

One reason is that discs of all kinds may become obsolete as a new wave of digital media services starts to flow into the living room. On Monday, for example, the Korean television maker LG Electronics plans to announce a new line of high-definition televisions that connect directly to the Internet with no set-top box required. The televisions will be able to play movies and television shows from online video-on-demand services, including Netflix.

“The Blu-ray format is in jeopardy simply because the advent of downloadable HD movies is so close,” said Roger L. Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. a research and consulting company. “Streaming video from the Internet and other means of direct digital delivery are going to put optical formats out of business entirely over the next few years.”


What are the chances that just a few years from now we'll retain much of any data in our own homes when it can be stored elsewhere and just accessed on-line?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2009 7:18 AM
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