On their blog post, Matt says this about Blu-Ray: “Like it or not, Blu-ray is a dying technology. Even though it was first
introduced less than a decade ago, the idea of storing and playing media back through optical drives is quickly headed for obsolescence. “
I would like to disagree by stating that the Blu-Ray format while still young in the minds of consumers is not dead at all, in fact it is still a growing format. According to a post about USA home entertainment speding growth on The Guaridan last Monday they said: “The DEG said the number of US homes with Blu-ray players has surged 52% year on year to 33.5m, which includes homes with PS3s which have the player built in as standard, with sales of discs up 58%.” Which to me sounds like that the mainstream users of this format say that this is what they want in their homes and Blu-Ray is the most convienent format for their movie playback.
You might say that the Blu-Ray release of the Star Wars movie franchise helped push Blu-Ray as the format of choice because to date they have sold close to a million units of these movies so far, and it was only released in Sept. But as Pirillo stated in his video he will not support the new Blu-Ray versions of these movies because of the modified scene in Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader throws the Emperor down the energy shaft and is screaming Noooooooo, just like he did at the end of Revenge of the Sith. I guess I can respect that because any true Star Wars geek prefers the original cuts of these movies over the newly CG modified updated versions. But still I don’t see how these modifications can take away from the true beauty of watching Luke fly over the Hoth landscape in brilliant 1080p.
So is Pirillo Wrong?
While he may be dissing on Blu-Ray because Lucas ruined the franchise by adding additional scenes to the Blu-Ray versions of Start Wars, I don’t believe that the future of Blu-Ray is doomed. At least not for the time being. Physical media will always be around and Blu-Ray is taking the lead. Heck even DVD is going to be around for quite some time still. I don’t see many people over 50 switching to streaming all of their movie content very soon. At least everyone in this age bracket I talk to about it don’t understand it or don’t care to. They just got the light to stop blinking on their VCR’s by upgrading to a optical disc player and don’t care to hook up their unit wirelessly if it even has that capability.
But for us that tinker and live in a digital world streaming movies may be the future. Actually this is what we are doing now for the most part but Blu-Ray will have a solid future no matter what the Lockergnome guys say.