Stalker's Poll: Blu-ray wins, what will you do?
I've not been keeping up with the polls here on Filmstalker, but now that the big events for this year are behind me I'm back on the ball, so we're playing catch up a little and I'll start with one I ran a while ago about the end of the high definition format war.
I asked the question “Blu-ray wins, what will you do?”, and the response was pretty interesting with not everyone leaping on the new technology.
43% - Stick with DVD
24% - I already bought Blu-ray
23% - Stick with HD-DVD and reap the deals
8% - Other
1% - Buy a dual format player
As usual the Other section was filled with some interesting responses:
Stop being a consumer [Rude word removed]
Buy a PS3 and get a player and a console
Buy a Blu-Ray player
I'll wait until Blu Ray 2.0 is released so I don't pay $1000 for something that
Pending arrival of my PS3 in 11 days (birthday!)
Buy Blu-ray down the line
I already own both
So let's look at the results. I'm surprised that there are so many people still sticking with DVD, frankly I thought that there would be more looking to upgrade. However I understand the concern that some people have, although I don't agree with it necessarily.
I don't think another format is going to come along any time soon, and Blu-ray production is ramping up. To be honest, despite some new moves towards internet distribution of content, it's just not going to be high definition streaming of films at the touch of a button just yet. Well it is if you're on satellite or cable, but you are limited by the monthly choice and you don't own the film.
Yes the XBox 360 and PS3 are moving that way, but neither give you a physical copy to own, and if you've bought a PS3, well you have a fully upgradeable Blu-ray player already.
Another surprising figure are the amount of people sticking with HD-DVD to reap the rewards. Well right now the rewards are great, but soon there'll be nothing new out there, after all no one is releasing titles any more.
I'm not surprised by the low about looking at dual format players though!
Amongst the other comments I am very surprised by the comment “I'll wait until Blu Ray 2.0 is released so I don't pay $1000 for something that”. That's what the PS3 is for, a very cheap Blu-ray player in a games console and home media centre, and it's upgradeable with free updates!
I'm already on the latest version of the player, and the previous update added the picture in picture, which HD-DVD owners were clinging onto as one of the top reasons for that format winning, and DTS-HD, the high definition version of DTS allow true studio mix audio to your home cinema system.
All in all I'm really enjoying the Blu-ray experience and I definitely think I did the right thing in buying the PS3 as my main player. However I can understand the reluctance to upgrade, but Blu-ray is here to stay.