Reasons to save the money for a new fridge instead
We can't say it enough: no technology is without a set of significant drawbacks. The greatest problem with the Blu-ray player is pretty obvious, unless of course you're Donald Trump or Bill Gates. Still, there are some other cons you'll want to consider before asking a loved one to pony up the dough:
Yep, the big reason most people will walk away from the Blu-ray this Christmas is its colossal cost. We could come up with a million other items that can be purchased for $1,000 instead, but we'll settle for just five:
- One week vacation in the Mayan Riviera , all inclusive
- One month tuition at an average university
- Down payment on a new car
- Round trip air fare to France (on a non-budget airline)
- One heckuva binge drinking experience
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Now, we don't encourage excessive drinking, so to us, it'd be better to spend $1,000 on a Blu-ray player. But hey, we're just giving you options!
HD versus capacity
Like a prize fighter lining up against an opponent who was once a good friend, this match is personal. Although Blu-ray is capable of anywhere from 50 GB of storage to 200 GB, as it stands the average Blu-ray disc can't hold much more than four or five hours of high definition content. That means you won't be watching the entire Buffy the Vampire series on one disc - at least, not in HD.
Movie support, thus far
At this point, Blu-ray titles have yet to floor anyone. Not in a good way, at least. When initially released, Blu-ray attempted to woo consumers with awfully big pockets by presenting them with…"The Fifth Element"? <Pause for reaction> Yeah, it wasn't a half bad movie, but when pushing a player that expensive, let's at least get some new or classic material. How about an updated version of the first Alien?
Remember Betamax? No? That's because the VCR completely eradicated the superior technology from Beta long before it could make a significant impact on mainstream movie viewers. That could potentially happen to the Blu-ray if more people buy into the HD-DVD player; it gives a high definition picture so close to that of a device twice its cost that consumers may just decide to save their money.
The cost of films
You won't just be spending more on the player itself - instead, you'll also need to shell out an extra five to ten dollars for each movie you buy. It could also mean replacing a few of your old favorites; although Blu-ray should be backwards compatible, obviously the standard DVDs you picked up in the past won't be taking advantage of the new technology.