The Laughing Vulcan wrote:
I have a Blu-ray Player...
I have four DVD players, and not enough access to the HD TV... But I'm speaking generally, not personally, as Blu-ray saturation still isn't sufficient enough to warrant Blu-ray only releases. Most everything that comes out on Blu-ray is available on DVD, and TNG's remaster is pretty rare in that it's Blu-ray exclusive at this time.
EDIT: Just been listening to an anime podcast
from a UK anme distributor, and at around the halfway mark, there's some conversation about Blu-rays and DVD, and an interesting statistic is that even in first world Japan, Blu-rays will sell only 30% of the numbers that DVDs sell. Sony wanting a licencing chunk of every BD disc manufactured is slowing the proliferation of the medium.
I would never have thought that a physical home medium would be in competition with high speed broadband and subscription based streaming services. I guess another related question is if the remastered episodes on Netflix yet?
What was the market saturation like when it was DVD vs VHS? It took several years for DVD to become dominant over CHS. With BR vs DVD however it is different whilst there is an improvement in picture quality with BR, for many DVD is good enough. So BR is finding it harder to establish itself than DVD had over VHS.
I remember BR only having at most a couple of metre's or so in shops a few years back now they can have 4 or 5 times that. Whilst at the same time the space given to DVD has shrunk.
I remember it took a lot longer for DVD to become established. I was collecting VHS up to 2000, and five years before that there was a small DVD shelf in HMV Central London which had about 30 or so titles. For those first five years, the shelf space only doubled year on year, while the majority of the shop floor remained devoted to VHS. 2000 was the tipping point though, as all of a sudden, every main stream title was released on both formats, and people began upgrading their collections in earnest. A couple of years later, the situation had reversed, and VHS was a small corner of the shop with about 500 or so titles, and everything else was DVD.
This was consumer driven though. From day one with Blu-ray, every main stream title has been released on both formats, and in some cases in exclusive Blu-ray DVD combos requiring fans to buy both. It's been an industry led change, and while most of the high street video shops have gone, we're still only five years into the cycle and supermarkets devote about a third of their home entertainment shelf space to Blu-ray, far ahead of the same situation with DVD and VHS.