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As previously mentioned, I am a panelist at the Money:Tech conference today and tomorrow in NYC. (Blogs, Analysts, and the Future of Equity Research)
Tickets are $2,400 a piece — and they are nearly sold out.
I have 10 comp ticket to give away.
Here are the simple rules:
1. Post a comment asking for it
2. Use your real email address — not a garbage address. (No one sees it but me)
3. I will ping you, and you will send me registration info (Name, Company/School, Email and Phone #) — and a sworn promise you will attend.
One caveat — if you take a ticket, and then don’t show up, you owe the full $2,400.
First 10 requests in comments gets ‘em.
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:
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.
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 . . .
You may recall when I was shopping for flat screens, Best Buy was advertising the Panasonic 50″ TH-50PZ77U at $1799, but refused to honor that price, claiming it was a money losing typo. (See Inconvenienced By Best Buy! for the details). Their price was an absurd $2,899.99 — $100 over list. This ultimately sent me…Read More