Zogby International released a new poll on Friday which indicated that Blu-ray Disc players are one of the most wanted holiday gifts this season for HDTV owners. Coming in second to only a second HDTV, Blu-ray players received 30% of the vote, beating out other popular gifts such as GPS systems, Nintendo Wii, and MP3 players.
The results come from an online poll conducted between December 2-4 which polled 1,726 HDTV owners asking them which gift they would like to receive this holiday season. Of those who responded, 66% indicated they would be purchasing titles for themselves, and 55% responded that they would be purchasing titles for friends and family who owned Blu-ray Disc players.
This is good news, although most, if not all on here know about this already. On a side note, I went to my local Best Buy (Anchorage, AK) and behind the customer service desk, I counted 47 blu-ray players (mainly Sony) and I asked the customer service rep what was up and she stated they were all rain-checked. This is progress folks.
I think it's good there are some solid statistics. People who say "we knew this," c'mon, we really didn't know this. We were all speculating. Cheers to Zogby and thanks to everyone for keeping blu-ray alive!
This is great news! Every single person who has bought an HDTV in the last 2.5yrs will want a brand
smainking new Blu-ray player, & they should! They have already dropped the between $1,000-
$5,000 on that sweet new LCD or Plasma! Whats $150-$400 for a BD player?!?!?!?!?! Band of
Brothers $37.49, its a perfect gift !!! Long live the "BLU"!
Actually, I think the fact that Mamma Mia! is the second highest anticipated title speaks volumes about where Blu-ray is headingómass adoption. The women generally control the purse strings and they are obviously now on board. Tech-savvy males are no longer going to be the dominant group of people snatching up players and movies. It also indicates that the studios will be putting less emphasis on action and releasing more titles to appeal to the fairer of the sexes. Prediction: Toshiba will have to relent and produce Blu-ray hardware if they want to remain a player in home entertainment.
Nice to see some positive numbers on blu ray for a change ! Again, I say to the Fudsters that despise losing the format war, and have waged a new war attacking every blu ray release's video quality "PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT !!!! " GIVE IT UP YOU LOST !
Bear in mind that this poll was asking *HDTV owners* what they most wanted. Considering that the only ways you can enjoy an HDTV to its full potential is with HD cable (TV), a game system, or Blu-ray (I won't count HD-DVD because you can't buy them anymore), 30% seems kind of low.
So... that's like asking new car owners if they want to buy gas for their car! ... unless most of them already got a player at the same time of their HDTV purchase, which pretty much makes this survey useless.
But that's still ok for Blu-ray because HDTV owners who didn't or don't want a Blu-ray really have no clue, and you don't want that type of customer to sully the Blu gene pool.
I constantly laugh at the spreaders of Blu Ray FUD from sites like ArsTechnica and Kotaku. They are all Sony haters and lump Blu Ray into the hate over Sony. What ever, Blu Ray is doing fine and in two to three years they can all STFU.
And as for people getting HDTV's, who has been to Wal-Mart this Christmas season. DAMN! It is like HDTV city there. I saw so many HDTV's going out the door it is ridiculous. HD is really taking off this season and it is GREAT.