Originally Posted by jfanning
Did you say the same about DVD? And at least with Blu-rays I can purchase a player from a number of CE manufactures. And for Apple (semi)HD downloads, you have one choice, an overpriced AppleTV
Legal high def downloads I would agree with, but there are plenty of Blu-Rays available at the shops, or online retailers.
The AppleTV is still too expensive, for the what it provides.
You are not being clear at all, who defines what is called "hot"? Blu-Ray in the US, and internationally is selling more and more units every month, which must be good for the format.
You have some good points and I agree I am not being clear. I think BluRay is growing but I don't think the rate of adoption is close to that of DVD.
I've complained about it on another thread before, I guess I am bitter here in Malaysia BluRay costs 4x as much as it does in the US and there is a limited range of BluRay players.
I'm not saying AppleTV is better than BluRay per se. But it does offer convenience, for example, renting on iTunes instead of renting discs...
Outside the US we can say AppleTV is not so relevant.
As for BluRay, outside the US BluRay would really gain traction if they can bring it down to the USD$10 range. Developing countries have a very large and fast-growing middle class (think the immensely successful iPhone, for example) that would really get on the BluRay bandwagon if it was widely available, had more rental options, and if it was more affordable.
In Asia, many, many people have widescreen 720p or 1080p HDTVs already. But so few (outside Japan) have BluRay players and discs. This is a glaring discrepancy.