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November 8, 2008

Blu-ray bargains this holiday shopping season

Slow sales of Blu-ray players and movies will likely mean bargain pricing for the holiday shopping season:

“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said Steve Wilson, principal analyst at ABI, in a statement this week.

Wilson pointed out that tier-2 players and earlier models six to nine months old are already widely available for below $200, and that Amazon is selling a Samsung Blu-ray drive bundled with four disks in the same price range.

As previously reported in BetaNews, unit sales for Blu-ray drives look likely to be lower than expected for 2008, too. Kurt Scherf, principal analyst at Parks Associates, told BetaNews in late October that total sales for the year will decline at least 25% from the firm’s original projections to about 2.2 million players in the US and 4.3 million worldwide.

Wilson is referring to an Amazon sale (scheduled to end on Nov. 11) offering $100 off on the purchase of a Blu-ray player and four Warner movies. The Samsung player referred to is likely the well-regarded Samsung BD-P1500 1080p Blu-ray Player which with four selections from the already discounted full list of Warner Blu-ray movies will easily come in under $200.

Posted at 2:58 pm. Filed under Amazon, Bargains, Blu-ray, Companies, Storage

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July 15, 2008

Warner to cut prices on Blu-ray DVDs

Suzanne Ault at Video Business reports that Warner Home Video is planning some aggressive price cutting on Blu-ray Discs during the fourth quarter:

Starting early September and rolling through first-quarter 2009, Warner will offer a Blu-ray point-of-sale rebate program with which retailers will essentially be able to order participating catalog titles for around $11.

Even with a retail mark-up on the featured titles—including The Fugitive, Enter the Dragon, Clockwork Orange, The Shining, The Aviator, Road Warrior and Swordfish—the price tag to consumers should be significantly less than the titles’ current average of $20 to $25 retail price at outlets such as and Best Buy.

Additionally, Warner will offer rebates, although less extensive, for newer Blu-ray releases, including 300, The Departed, I Am Legend, Ocean’s 13 and We Are Marshall. This layer of the Blu-ray program also will run from early September to the first quarter, according to store sources.

The consumer price for these titles is likely to fall somewhere between $17 and $20. That would still represent a deal for shoppers, as titles such as 300 are now falling between $24 and $30 at outlets such as Amazon and Best Buy.

After Blu-ray won the high def DVD war, it has been plagued by the perception that both the players and the titles are priced exorbitantly. This ought to help a little although click through to see the complaints from retailers who think it might be a bad idea because "format is becoming devalued too quickly."

Posted at 12:20 pm. Filed under Blu-ray, Companies, Storage, Warner Bros.

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May 27, 2008

Amazon cuts Blu-ray movie prices in half

If you have a Blu-ray DVD player and want to pick up some films at a bargain price, check out Amazon’s summer 50% off sale on what appears to be 116 different movies.

Posted at 6:30 pm. Filed under Amazon, Bargains, Blu-ray, Companies, Storage

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