Blu-Ray sales tank for good reasons
DRM, Price and BD-J
By Charlie Demerjian: Monday, 05 May 2008, 9:16 AM
BLU-RAY PLAYER SALES are sucking wind as well they should. According to
Cnet, sales of the DRM infected format players are dropping like rocks.
The not so bright people out there had expected sales to skyrocket once the
format war was done, but it didn't. They thought was people would ignore the
massive defects of Blu-ray and buy like the dumb sheep that they are,
handcuffing themselves to the Sony bank account.
Surprise, it didn't happen. US consumers are still dumb sheep, but this time
they are realizing what is being done to them and they aren't biting. Sony's
hope of having 50% of disc sales this year be Blu-ray are more likely to
happen because of falling DVD sales than rocketing Blu-ray.
The format has three problems, DRM infections, BD-J and greed. The greed
part is obvious, Sony won the format war and are trying to charge people
between 50 and 100% more for a product with marginally better quality. Sure,
it looks better, and the 0.07% of people with 7.1 channel audio setups will
be overjoyed, but for the rest, it is a small step at best over an
Are you going to buy the DVD version for $16.99 on new release sale or
$29.99 for the BD? It doesn't take a genius to realize that the next
iteration of Hollywood Formula #7 with Big Stars #3 and #8 isn't worth it.
The movie studios have yet to convince me that The Water Horse is worth
spending my money on at all, much less at twice the price for DRM'd HD
That brings us to the next down side, there is no up, DRM. Every Blu-ray
disc is DRM infected even if the producer doesn't want it to be, in order to
get a company to manufacture it, it must be infected. Sony gets an infection
kickback fee as well, so don't think it is purely for protection unless you
mean it in the -racket sense.
Blu-ray DRM infections do not protect anything, Slysoft has cracked it with
their excellent AnyDVD HD product, something I can't recommend enough.
Basically, new DRM schemes are broken before you can buy discs with them on
it, protecting nothing. It will however prevent legitimate users from using
legally purchased media on legally purchased hardware. If you pirate though,
no more compatibility issues, once again making Piracy the Better Choice
Basically the new format has DRM baked in and in your face. It costs you
money, hurts only legitimate users, and is laughably insecure. Until it is
abolished, just say no to Blu-ray and spend your money elsewhere, try books
for example. If you must stoop to the DRM infected media, crack it and run
it from your HD, it will save you immense frustration.
The last thing that makes people want to run for the hills is the badly
broken BD-J abomination. Basically, when Blu-ray was 'finished', it wasn't
close to done. HD-DVD on the other hand was well thought out and thorough,
HD had a robust virtual machine that did all the work it needed to, and BD
had none. Sony rushed a hacked BD v1.1 out, followed by 2.0, and instantly
obsoleted all the money spent by the early adopters. All