Okay. That’s more like it. Walmart is offering the Magnavox NB500MG1F Blu-ray player for $68. Yes, there are lots of features that you don’t get with this basic model, but it does have an HDMI connection and an SD card slot. And it’s not even Black Friday!
This brings Blu-ray into range for the average buyer. The difference in price between this and a DVD player is about the same as dinner for four at McDonald’s, which means that a lot of people will now be able to afford Blu-ray. Unfortunately, I still think it may be too late; Blockbuster is closing stores and Netflix is streaming movies over the Internet by the boatload. The days of distributing movies on plastic discs are numbered. You’ll probably get at least five years out of a Blu-ray player if you get one now, but I expect it will become a minor component in movie delivery to the home before the end of that period.