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Blank Blu-ray media, at what point will it take off.
So have we reached the tipping point yet? The point at which the recordable blank blu-ray media really takes off and sales start to go through the roof.... well as I write (February 2010) - No not just yet. The prices of 25GB blank discs are still a little too high, some manufacturers such as Ritek are shipping recordable Blu-ray at around the $1.5 mark, so about £1 into wholesalers, but the market price amoungst web retailers (the main channel for the blank media market) is holding steady at around the $2 or £1.30 mark. Most of the major brands such as Sony, Verbatim and Maxell are at a much higher premium price having taken stocks at prices in Q3 and Q4 in late 2009 with web retail prices in the region of £3-£4 per disc and high street prices easily double that which can be found at the serious web players in the sector.
A great deal of industry experts predict Blu-ray will unleash a new dimension of gaming capabilities but the price is still prohibative. The thirst for dynamic and extended content is stronger than ever and its only a matter of a few more of the 'must have' titles turning to blu-ray that will spur this sector of the market into an exponential growth. The problems will come later this year when demand will outstrip supply and in turn stabilise the wholesale prices - it's now down to the blank blu-ray disc manufacturers to turn over more of their lines from DVDR production to the latest format.
If I take a look at the lifecycle of the DVD recordable disc then it should be reasonable to assume the same pattern will be followed although it is difficult to predict the speed this will happen over the next couple of years. There are alot of forces battling here over the Blu-ray format, as far as Hollywood is concerned they see this as another opportunity to stamp out piracy that has blighted the DVD movie industry, keeping prices high for the blank media means pivates will not be interested in producing copied blu-ray just yet. Technology now is becoming more affordable and the blu-ray burners, roms and discs prices during 2010 should see steep drops and volumes really starting to move - however it is the installed base of blu-ray players that is halting the real expansion of the format currently. The Sony PS3 is in essence a blu-ray player and for a large segment of the market the main contributory factor in buying the console has been the ability to playback blu-ray movies. Once all PC's are shipped as standard with blu-ray roms and home DVD players replaced with blu-ray players the market will become mature, that however is perhaps still 2 or 3 years away, it may be a year or so from now that the general public truly become educated to the real benefits in terms of quality blu-ray affords them, its just the price points that then dictate the numbers of players that ship - hopefully Christmas 2010 will see the blu-ray player as everyones number 1 item and the blank blu-ray disc taking off.