Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race?
It could if the premium between it and standard DVD players (which is “good enough” for the majority of consumers) dropped to something approaching “zero.” And apparently now it has.
A seller on eBay is offering refurbished Sony Blu-ray players for $40. I have not tested this model, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not, but it appears that the seller has sold many hundreds of them. And it’s no “transportation special” stripped-down model, either. It has Sony Bravia Internet video support and a wired Ethernet connection, a front panel USB port, and an HDMI connector. According to the product description, it was “originally purchased from a major retail store and returned.”
New Blu-ray players still cost more than DVD players, but with deals like this showing up, I’d expect the price differential to soon become meaningless.