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The price to stay current July 15, 2008

Posted by ashiah in Film, In the news.
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In 2000, there was only one shelf of DVDs to rent at Blockbuster. The following month I walked in and discovered that that amount had tripled to 10 times that size. Then the next month I realized the DVDs had taken over the store. Needless to say, the transition from VHS to DVD was an easy one, especially with those nifty VCR/DVD combos. And who wouldn’t want special features and chapters for some of their old favorite movies? But this time around, the public is more stubborn to switch their usual DVD ways to Blu-ray. For one, there’s no astronomical difference between the two. Yeah, one is flashier and has clearer picture quality, but most people don’t have the money to update their entire library just to have a slightly clearer picture. Blu-ray’s answer (and somewhat late response) is to cut prices. According to CrunchGear, certain Blu-ray titles will now cost as much as $11 in comparison to the usual $30. All I can say is it’s about time, but will everyone else jump, too?

People waiting in line for their
unemployment checks. Oops, I
mean the iPhone 3G.

I’m suddenly reminded of the current hoopla of the iPhone 3G. The majority of those buying the iPhone 3G already have iPhones, the slightly slower, less cooler version released last year. But these people have no problem throwing down cash for what is probably one of the most expensive gadget updates ever. So when it comes to evolving technology and paying the price to stay current, what stays and what goes? What’s priority and what isn’t? But if it all boils down to the consumer, then maybe the market has no need for Blu-ray. People want to surf the Internet on their phone, not worry about high-end picture quality. Blu-ray’s time will come, but for now…next.



1. Rebecca - July 20, 2008

I think it’s pathetic that people have to have the most expensive things on the shelves. What’s wrong with the old school stuff that lasts for years and doesn’t do all the neat stuff a newer item does? I mean seriously… Do you REALLY need to surf the web from your phone? When will you use it? I could see using like.. yellow pages via the net on your phone to find a certain place, but other than that, what a waste of time and money. I have no use for it.

2. ashiah - July 21, 2008

I know. I barely use the cell I have now. I don’t need to be connected to Myspace/Facebook every waking hour. Sometimes it’s good to not always be connected.

Oh, and another thing I don’t like about WordPress. Why can’t I reply to comments?? Oh well, too bad you won’t see this, Becca.

3. Blu-ray movies dvd - August 6, 2008

HD DVD and Blu-ray offer true high-resolution video and greater interactivity than standard DVDs, but the new formats are incompatible with one another.

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