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Blu-ray, DVD Media Prices Could be Going Up

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jacobdrj
    Please price them out of existence as far as I care...

    Optical media is so unreliable. Flash memory is the way to go...
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  • burnley14
    Please embed a link in this article to the one earlier in the day about torrenting movies :)
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  • afrobacon
    Any available info on how much of an increase we're looking at?
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  • eklipz330
    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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  • amabhy
    First flash memory spikes in price due to SSDs, now this?????

    Screw you memory companies!!!!!
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  • jacobdrj
    Maybe more companies will start producing flash. Greater demand, time to increase the supply.
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  • bustapr
    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
    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
    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
    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 collectionThat sounds just as much like a "physical" copy as disks do. lol.
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