Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Cost of Blu-ray Players to Hit $50 in 2010

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

Tawainese manufacturers of optical disc drives say that the cost of production for a Blu-ray disc player is set to fall to $50 in the next year.

Digitimes reports, citing industry sources, that the current production cost for Blu-ray players is around $100, with pick-up heads and chipsets accounting for 50 percent and 25 percent respectively. However, the publication says that in response to Sears selling a refurbished Blu-ray player (the Magnavox RNB500MG9) for just $99.99, optical disc drive manufacturers expect the cost to be half that come 2010.

Just last week a Curtis Mathes-branded BD player hit Meijer online at $99.99 as a Father's Day special. Predictably, the player sold out pretty quickly. That said, it looks like we’re now seeing the beginning of low-cost players that could give the Blu-ray format the boost that it needs.

Judging from reader feedback on last week’s piece, it seems consumers would rather have cheaper Blu-ray discs than cheaper players. Is this the reason you haven’t made the switch yet? Let us know!

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 12 Hide
    goleafsguy , June 22, 2009 4:39 PM
    I think the main reason for people not making the switch has nothing to do with the cost of discs and players themselves, but that most people still don't have an hd-tv.
Other Comments
  • 2 Hide
    krazynutz , June 22, 2009 4:33 PM
    Sniff....it's so beautiful. Blu-ray in every room....
  • 5 Hide
    wiyosaya , June 22, 2009 4:38 PM
    While the cost for production of a player is slated to drop to $50 next year, this is not an indication, nor a guarantee, of how much they will cost at retail. Manufacturers will likely be looking to maximize profit. That usually equates to keeping retail prices high while minimizing manufacturing costs.

    What is keeping me from migrating to Blu-ray? Lack of a stand-alone recorder for the US market.
  • Display all 45 comments.
  • 12 Hide
    goleafsguy , June 22, 2009 4:39 PM
    I think the main reason for people not making the switch has nothing to do with the cost of discs and players themselves, but that most people still don't have an hd-tv.
  • 0 Hide
    dravis12 , June 22, 2009 4:54 PM
    I haven't made the switch yet because I prefer digital media.

    Don't care so much about the cost of discs since netflix only charges +$1-$4 per month for Blu-Ray.

    When I do get a BD player it will be for my home theater PC.
  • 1 Hide
    SAL-e , June 22, 2009 4:55 PM
    When they remove the DRM crap I might start thinking about Blu-ray? Until then the Hollywood will not get a cent from me.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 4:59 PM
    I have an HD-TV and still have no intention of wasting money on a Blu-Ray player. I can get HD Movies on demand.
  • 2 Hide
    erloas , June 22, 2009 5:04 PM
    A lot of people have HDTVs, not a lot of people however realize they are not getting HD content though. When you point it out, especially if you have something to compare with it is very obvious.
    I can't stand the fact that my dad always watches the stretched 4:3 signal on his TV, its painfully obvious to me. But he doesn't seem to notice and doesn't like having black bars at all.
    So he has no appreciation for what he might be missing by not going to blu-ray.

    I've been thinking about it, but haven't yet. Maybe when they drop the price on a PS3, but even then I'm not so sure, mostly because I don't play a lot of consoles and I end up watching maybe 3-5 movies a year.
    So my reason for not upgrading to blu-ray is simply that there aren't enough movies being made that I want to watch to justify the cost. I wouldn't even have a DVD player if it weren't for my PS2 (which is almost never used either) and the fact that all computers have them.
  • 0 Hide
    doomtomb , June 22, 2009 5:13 PM
    Finally! This same thing happened with DVD players. It was a great Holiday season when they fell to $30 for a DVD player just in time for Christmas shopping.
  • 1 Hide
    ricardok , June 22, 2009 5:33 PM
    The fact that those low cost BRPlayer are not the 'best' makes me want to keep moving my PS3 from my bedroom to my tv room every time I want to watch a movie.. :) 
  • 0 Hide
    darkone07 , June 22, 2009 5:35 PM
    When I can play Blu-Ray movies natively on a MythTV box using only FOSS, I will start buying Blu-Ray movies.
  • -5 Hide
    IzzyCraft , June 22, 2009 5:48 PM
    SAL-eWhen they remove the DRM crap I might start thinking about Blu-ray? Until then the Hollywood will not get a cent from me.

    I think they'll consider that when people stop uploading movies to the internet without their consent ie torrents and file sharing websites.
  • 0 Hide
    pochacco007 , June 22, 2009 5:49 PM
    no, this is total BS. a blu ray player at the moment is about $300 [250-300] and you can find them cheaper if you bought the store brand name [such as insignia from best buy] or purchase a refurbished player. it won't exactly go down to $50 a year later. the decrease in price is too drastic. sony and their friends surely won't want to lose money just to sell something.
  • 3 Hide
    danimal_the_animal , June 22, 2009 5:51 PM
    if you are worried about blue ray disc cost.

    NETFLIX IT!
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 5:53 PM
    im looking forward for a piece of BD writable disc to cost the same as DVD-R now.
  • 0 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , June 22, 2009 5:56 PM
    Well they predict $50 I predict $125.
  • 2 Hide
    krazynutz , June 22, 2009 6:14 PM
    Again, it's the cost to build. Not the cost to buy. So if it's $50 to build, expect $75 - $100 on the shelves for even the name-brand stuff. Not bad at all.
  • 5 Hide
    hemelskonijn , June 22, 2009 6:29 PM

    soldier37 your a moron !
    Not every one is a spoiled little 13 y/o or has a tree growing platinum cards.
    I thing over 4/5th of the world cant afford one and that includes the middle and lower class in every western world country.
    If your stupid enugh to state that you know people who live on welfare that where able to buy them your even a bigger moron.
  • 2 Hide
    chripuck , June 22, 2009 6:44 PM
    jdfsI have an HD-TV and still have no intention of wasting money on a Blu-Ray player. I can get HD Movies on demand.

    At 720p...
  • 2 Hide
    chripuck , June 22, 2009 6:48 PM
    hemelskonijnsoldier37 your a moron !Not every one is a spoiled little 13 y/o or has a tree growing platinum cards.I thing over 4/5th of the world cant afford one and that includes the middle and lower class in every western world country.If your stupid enugh to state that you know people who live on welfare that where able to buy them your even a bigger moron.


    While I agree his/her statement was a little short sighted your's is a little exagerated too. The majority of the middle class in the US could easily afford a small HDTV. I can find a 22" for under $200 and a 32" for under $400. The issue here is priorities, many people can't see the difference, especially on said el-cheapo flatscreen TV's. If they can't see a difference (on SD content) then why would they move? We won't see a mass migration to HD until the SD channels go the way of the dodo.
  • 5 Hide
    A Stoner , June 22, 2009 6:52 PM
    $50 player, $49.00 discs. It is like printers; Printer, $45, ink, $54.
    These companies seem to think that they are owed some ungodly large amount of payment for "artistic" works that are basically recycled trash. Even if it was a GOOD movie, it's value to me is significantly less than $49, or $39, or even $15. It is 90 minutes to maybe 3 hours of entertainment, and to me, that is worth maybe $7 and maybe worth watching a couple times, so $14, and that is for a GOOD movie, which only about one in 50 movies ever gets rated at or better. For the rest of the movies, they need to be priced around $8 or less.
    Once that is settled, we get into digital rights management, also known to me as Digital Rights Denial. That reduces a DVD/BluRay disc to more or less valueless.
Display more comments