Posts filed under “Digital Media”

Friday Night Jazz Sarah Silverman

I know, its not Miles. But this was so frickin’ hilarious that I had no choice — I had to make this my Friday night entertainment!

Enjoy your evenings!

Category: Digital Media, Music, Television

Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge

No surprise here: Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move:

"One week after Warner Brothers Entertainment announced that it was abandoning its support for the next-generation HD DVD format in favor of the Blu-ray high-definition format, consumers abandoned HD DVD.

What was a 50-50 market split in 2007 for the high-definition players shifted sharply in Blu-ray’s favor in the new year. For the week that ended Jan. 12, Blu-ray hardware captured 90 percent of the market, according to data collected by the NPD Group, a market analysis firm."

Wired had the best take on the matter:

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound   

You’ve got to hand to Toshiba. Even now, when faced with overwhelming evidence that Sony’s Blu-ray has won the high def format war, the mortally wounded HD DVD backer just keeps on prolonging the inevitable.

So to the HD DVD camp I say this: You’ve put up a good fight, guys, but seriously, what are you going to, bleed on Blu-ray? Let’s move on with our lives.

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Source:
Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move
ERIC A. TAUB
NYT, January 28, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/technology/28disc.html

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound
Bryan Gardiner
Wired, January 28, 2008 | 4:22:25 PM   
http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/01/hey-hd-dvd-its.html

NPD Confirms Huge Blu-ray Share Jump     http://hd.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=291403

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video

Black Friday Night Jazz

BLACK FRIDAY

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On days like this, where the market opens up over 100 and closes down 170, I always get that "Black Friday" feeling — that no one really wants to carry much equity exposure over the weekend.

On rare occasions, these days set up ugly Mondays (Wait! Didn’t we just have one of those?)

Katy_lied

But its Friday night — Enough market talk! Its time for some jazz to mellow out to.

I’m a big Steely Dan fan. Saw ‘em live a few times, always loved this song.

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Category: Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

Friday Night Jazz: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

Category: Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

In Rainbows

Category: Digital Media, Media

Friday Night Jazz: The NightFly

Category: Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

Wireless Picture Frames?

Category: Digital Media, Web/Tech

CD Sales Plummet 15%; Digital Sales Gain 45%

Category: Digital Media, Music

Game Over in Blu-Ray HD contest?

I’ve mentioned the Blu Ray/HD quandry in the past, but it seems the fight is drawing to its conclusion. In both the US and Europe, Blu-ray discs are significantly outselling HD DVDs.

But its this MacRumors chart (below) that pretty much sums up the battle:

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Its hard to see how HD has a shot.

Now the question becomes how fast the prices drop on both the Blu Ray players and movies, but for now, I am sticking with an upconvert Sony for the big TV.


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UPDATE: January 8, 2008 8:21pm

Why would prices go down?

As we previously discussed, I suspect many consumers have been on the sidelines awaiting the winner of the format war between Blu-Ray and HD.

As that fades away, the total number of purchases of the winner — Blu Ray — will go up significantly.

Thus, economies of scale, mass adaptation, and desires for deep market penetration will drive prices lower.

As to the monopoly issue — I doubt its an issue. 1) These are video playback toys, not an essential product or service; and B)  There is still legit competition from ordinary DVD players (fer cryin out loud, you can still buy VCRs for $29).   

My apologies for failing to explain the intermediate steps in my thinking  . . .

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Video

Who Do You Trust?

Category: Digital Media, Psychology, Web/Tech, Weblogs