Blu-ray DVD: Higher Production Costs Likely.

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by One-Shot Scot, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Blu-ray DVD format facing cost questions
    Complex production methods may lead to higher prices
    Cnet News.com

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005

    Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray disc technology appears to be the front-runner in the
    race to develop next-generation DVDs, but some movie studios and
    manufacturers worry that Blu-ray discs will be difficult to produce and
    could mean higher prices for consumers.

    For more than a year, a bitter public relations war has been waged between
    supporters of Blu-ray and a rival technology backed by Toshiba Corp. known
    as HD DVD. Both are high-capacity discs that will support the distribution
    of high-definition versions of movies, with much better picture quality than
    is possible with today's DVDs.

    Blu-ray is winning the PR war, with most major movie studios agreeing to
    release films in the format next year. That has led to new concerns about
    mass production of DVDs in the new format, which represents a major break
    with past DVD and CD techniques.

    In at least one test, according to a top manufacturing executive who asked
    to remain anonymous, a manufacturing line for HD DVD discs produced nearly
    twice as many usable discs as a similar line pumping out the Blu-ray format.
    That translates into higher costs for Blu-ray producers. Moreover, component
    costs for Blu-ray can be nearly double HD DVD costs, the executive said.
    .....................

    The prospect of a next-generation DVD format war, similar to the battle
    between VHS and Sony's Betamax in the mid-1970s, has chilled the industry.
    Analysts at Sanford Bernstein estimated that media companies could
    collectively lose as much as $16 billion over seven years if HD DVD and
    Blu-ray were both introduced.
    ....................

    The entire article may be found here:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...E391.DTL&hw=blu ray dvd format&sn=001&sc=1000
     
    One-Shot Scot, Nov 29, 2005
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