Brace Yourself for Affordable Blu-Ray Players

April 18, in Blu-Ray

Thanks to the possible invasion of the Chinese manufacturers, we may soon see the entry of affordable and cheap blu-ray players.

According to a report, Chinese manufacturers are preparing to enter the market for the high-definition video players, and this development could mean very aggressive prices for low-end Blu-ray hardware. The Blu-ray Disc Association recently began licensing Blu-ray technology in China, a move that has led Samsung marketing director Mark Leathan to speculate that $99 players aren’t far off, the report states.

Does this mean we’ll see a wide selection of sub-$100 Blu-ray players this holiday shopping season? That sounded a big optimistic, so we sought the advice of NPD Group industry analyst Stephen Baker, who’s also skeptical at this point.

“Black Friday, maybe. It’s entirely possible you could see a few players down at that price level,” says Baker, who adds that it’s a little early to speculate about holiday prices. The industry will have a better idea of holiday pricing by mid-summer.

It’s unlikely that established players such as Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony will sell sub-$100 Blu-ray players, but rather they’ll leave the low end to the Chinese upstarts and other value-sector brands like Magnavox and Sylvania, the report says.

(Source) PC World

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