Representatives from SonyNEC Optiarc, the optical drive arm of the joint Sony and NEC collaboration, have revealed that they predict prices of Blu-ray combo drives - which can read Blu-ray discs and write DVD and CD - will reach sub-$100 prices by this upcoming holiday season. Additionally, it is expected that similar notebook drives would reach the $150 level by that same time.
They also predict that Blu-ray burners - those drives that can write to Blu-ray discs - will go for between $150-200. These lower prices will make the drives more accessible to computer manufacturers as consumer demand for Blu-ray drives steadily increases. Additionally, those looking to add some Blu to their existing systems will have a less expensive option to do so.
Well, a BluRay burner for even $1.00 makes no sense if the blank media is still $20 for a 25gb blank
BluRay disc. I have not seen those prices drop yet. How much are you all willing to pay for some
blank BluRay discs? Currently, you can buy a 100pk spindle of DVD-Rs at Walmart for $19.99. Are
you willing to pay $2500.00 for 100 BluRay 25gb discs?
As for the price of the blank BDs, they will come down. Blank DVDs were priced the same way when they first came out. I remember seeing some for $25 a piece and thinking who would want to buy that. Prices will come down, but it takes a while. When I got my first DVD burner, they discs were still $5 each. I paid $25 for a five pack and those were the cheaper CompUSA brand!
Freis968, prices will drop just like they did with CD and DVD.
i remember when DVD was first available for PC, the burners were $900 and a single layer 1x disc was $50, prices halfed a year later, and now you're looking at $35 for a fast do-everything burner and discs are so cheap it's hard to not buy them in bulk.
$150-200 for a BD burner and $20 for a BD disc isn't bad considering how early it still is.
Yep, paid $20 each for my first DVDs as well; but I'm definitely looking forward to BD-R's eventual drop in price. Also, after trying to duplicate one more scratched master DVD today I sure wish DVD had Blu-ray's surface coating or I wish we used BD-Rs exclusively and could forget DVDs.
I wonder why Apple SILL does not sell Blu-ray players/burners. Dell has been selling them for almost 2 years now. After this december if Apple STILL is not selling Blu-ray drives they will look stupid.