Finally its official , Blue-ray will be the technology of the future in terms of selling home movies in hi def format. After most big producers backed Sony’s Blu-ray including biggies like Warner brothers , the folks at Toshiba threw in the towel and accepted defeat. They have now decided to stop producing and marketing HD-Dvd players.
Though we in India are way behind and the first Blu-ray and Hd players have just come in and are exorbitantly expensive, but things r picking up with people very slowly moving towards 32 inch lcd tvs in cities – most not even knowing that hd content is yet to hit Indian tv screens or the finer details like 720p and 1080p standards.
To get back the question now is will people accept the Blue-ray format ?
This will depend on multiple factors such as Pricing, Distribution and Profit margins and lessons learnt from history – like the Betamax and Vhs wars and the kind of DRM restrictions built into the players and disks, like regional locking copy restrictions and the works.
The popularity also depends upon future technological advances that might render it obsolete. The medium might face competition from the net based distribution mediums in the future, like those by Netflix, Apple and Ms. But this depends upon speed of network as movies in blueray will be huge in size say 30 / 40 gb, for which networks will have to definitely be upgraded.
Plus dealing with the price sensitive Pc component market is another thing altogether and pricing especially in India and developing countries will be a major factor. If things aren’t that conducive people / techies will shift to using more easy to deal with codecs, even if it means loss of quality and a bit of detail.