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Blu-ray, DVD Media Prices Could be Going Up

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 44 comments

Get ready to pay more for those plastic discs.

The price of optical media could be rising this year due to increasing price of polycarbonate, which is a key material in our DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Prices have reportedly been on the rise, but Taiwan-based media makers have yet to adjust prices to reflect the rise in costs. Digitimes reports that if costs continue on their upward trend throughout the quarter, optical media makers will raise their prices.

In anticipation of prices rising, channel buyers have increased their orders. The building of inventory in preparation for a cost hike could temporarily insulate retail from dealing with growing prices.

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    redux fountain , February 1, 2010 10:47 PM
    Good thing I still have a stock of blank cd's left over from Y2K. I was going to travel the world searching the ruined libraries and abandonned government facilities and preserve all the data. Didn't really pann out that way.
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    amabhy , February 1, 2010 10:27 PM
    First flash memory spikes in price due to SSDs, now this?????

    Screw you memory companies!!!!!
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    eklipz330 , February 1, 2010 10:22 PM
    digital is the future

    of course i have to agree with anyone who says there is some satisfaction having a physical copy in your hand...
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    burnley14 , February 1, 2010 10:21 PM
    Please embed a link in this article to the one earlier in the day about torrenting movies :) 
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    afrobacon , February 1, 2010 10:22 PM
    Any available info on how much of an increase we're looking at?
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    eklipz330 , February 1, 2010 10:22 PM
    digital is the future

    of course i have to agree with anyone who says there is some satisfaction having a physical copy in your hand...
  • 17 Hide
    amabhy , February 1, 2010 10:27 PM
    First flash memory spikes in price due to SSDs, now this?????

    Screw you memory companies!!!!!
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    jacobdrj , February 1, 2010 10:29 PM
    Maybe more companies will start producing flash. Greater demand, time to increase the supply.
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    bustapr , February 1, 2010 10:30 PM
    eklipz330digital is the futureof course i have to agree with anyone who says there is some satisfaction having a physical copy in your hand...

    I like physical copies more because of the feeling you get when you stand in front of a giant movie collection like mine. Also the factor of ravenous spyware, plagues buying of the net. Too bad prices are going up though.
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    redux fountain , February 1, 2010 10:47 PM
    Good thing I still have a stock of blank cd's left over from Y2K. I was going to travel the world searching the ruined libraries and abandonned government facilities and preserve all the data. Didn't really pann out that way.
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    uh_no , February 2, 2010 12:27 AM
    bustaprI like physical copies more because of the feeling you get when you stand in front of a giant movie collection like mine. Also the factor of ravenous spyware, plagues buying of the net. Too bad prices are going up though.


    Hm. I like the fact that I can fit your entire giant movie collection in something which can fit in my pocket.....maybe two pockets if its a super giant collection
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    enzo matrix , February 2, 2010 12:41 AM
    uh_noHm. I like the fact that I can fit your entire giant movie collection in something which can fit in my pocket.....maybe two pockets if its a super giant collection

    That sounds just as much like a "physical" copy as disks do. lol.
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    cletus_slackjawd , February 2, 2010 1:11 AM
    Optical drives and media (including blu-ray) are pretty much obsolete IMHO. You can download software STEAM, TORRENT, FTP, stream content (Netflix, BlockBuster, Pandora, YouTube). The only reason I still use my DVD drive is for the copy protected content where the software looks for the DVD in the drive to verify it's legit. I bought a blu-ray player by the way and it never is used. Why? I have satellite HD and for storage I have a HD-DVR with a large ESATA external HDD. I used to be a greedy collector but now music, movies, games are so consumable and readily available there is no sense in buying a permanent physical disc.
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    DScott79 , February 2, 2010 1:23 AM
    Why the hell not, every other damn thing is.
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    invlem , February 2, 2010 1:38 AM
    >.< as if 40$ blu-ray movies aren't overpriced enough...
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    maigo , February 2, 2010 1:40 AM
    stolen movies and games are going to start costing more? those jerks
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    jacobdrj , February 2, 2010 1:53 AM
    Don't misunderstand me: I love the idea of being able to 'own a physical copy'. I just hate the volatility of optical media.
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    TheDuke , February 2, 2010 2:01 AM
    if they want Blu-Ray to get a larger foothold in the home theater market before Netflix and digital distribution take over, this is not what they need happening.
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    vicsrealms , February 2, 2010 2:32 AM
    Geez, I will only buy a DVD or Blu-Ray on sale. There is no way I will buy them when the price goes up.
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    saran008 , February 2, 2010 2:44 AM
    +1^ Theduke.
    This will drastically impact the blu-ray sale globally :( 
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    Burodsx , February 2, 2010 3:44 AM
    My question is exactly how much does it really cost to construct a single Blu-Ray disk with a movie on it?
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    doomtomb , February 2, 2010 4:54 AM
    Great, just what we need... higher prices in the tech industry. Go to hell companies.
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