Blu-ray Advantages

Ten reasons to justify a $1,000 DVD player

If you're just clicking in, we've briefly discussed some of the advances being made by Sony and Philips with the Blu-ray high definition DVD player. But, if the leaps made by both companies in releasing this cool (yet expensive) device aren't enough to entice you, we'll outline ten good reasons for asking family members to open their wallets and shell out $1,000:

Finally take advantage of that expensive HDTV

If you shelled out over a thousand dollars for an LCD, plasma or widescreen CRT HDTV, then you'd probably like to know you're getting the most out of that purchase.

Unfortunately, the standard DVD player simply doesn't take full advantage of these sets. Blu-ray fixes that!

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Huge storage capacity

Although Blu-ray can't quite fit an entire series of HD-quality material on one disc, it could potentially fit an entire series of standard DVD quality stuff on one. That's pretty good, considering the storage savings alone.

Mandatory Managed Copy

If you haven't heard of Digital Rights Management (DRM) before, well, then this is a really good time to be check it out. DRM is the copyright protection scheme the media industry uses to prevent piracy, and the Blu-ray's technology in this realm is actually quite exciting. The possibility exists for users to copy the content of a disc a limited number of times, similar to Apple's iTunes system.

Backwards compatibility

hough not forced down any throats, the Blu-ray Disc Association is encouraging manufacturers to make the players fully backwards compatible. That will allow users to both read and write on CDs, DVDs, and, obviously, Blu-ray discs.

In tune with the gaming age

Your kids will be as excited as you are about the Blu-ray player, especially since the device is included in Sony's Playstation 3 console. That's some serious value, considering the price tag of the PS3 includes both the player and next-gen gaming technology for only $599 USD.

Black Playstation 3

It isn't as new as you think

Wait, think about it - that's actually a good thing. Blu-ray has been available, in limited supply, to the Japanese market for a few years now. That means it's been tested by our friends in the Far East, which makes the buy a bit less scary and nowhere near as frightening as purchasing the Chrysler Neon in its first year of production.

The PC geeks are on board

aren't the only ones interested in Blu-ray. Hewlett Packard announced its support for the new technology in December of 2005, and will be supplying the PC market in the coming months. Apple Computer and Philips are also on board.

Keep on burnin'

Details have recently leaked about Pioneer's plans to release a Blu-ray PC drive that will feature 2x Blu-ray, 8x DVD+R and DVD-R, and 4x DVD-RW and DVD+RW technology. Expect rewritable CDs, too.

Quality support

Sony and Philips might be the strongest backers of Blu-ray, but other major corporations have announced future plans to support the technology. Some of these include Apple, Dell and Panasonic.

Cutting-Edge

This is as good as it gets, at least on paper. There's no guarantee that Blu-ray will defeat the (cheaper) competition from HD-DVD, but if the mass of consumers are willing to fork out the extra money for Blu-ray, then the technology should remain popular for a long time.