Sour Blu-ray Grapes

Yet again, more tech pundits are wining about HD-DVD loosing the format war. The folks at Buzz Out Loud started in on another rant about how the war was won through backroom deals, and asserting that the market played no part in it. Sorry, but I just don’t buy that. Yes, there were payoffs, but that really only hastened the inevitable. Blu-ray was going to win anyway.

They talked about the sales of players, and how ‘depending on how you looked at it’ either one could have been winning that fight. Supposedly, if you excluded the PS3 from the statistics, HD-DVD was selling more players. Here’s the catch: you’d be retarded to exclude the PS3 from the statistics, because if you included the PS3, Blu-ray was outselling HD-DVD by about 3 to 1 by my count.

Even if the study Molly Wood sights (of which I’ve not seen) is true, and nearly a third of the people who owned PS3s didn’t know they had a HiDef video player (I’d really like to see that study, btw, because I have trouble believing someone would spend $400-$600 on something and not know about one of its biggest selling points), why did Blu-ray disks consistently out sell HD-DVD discs by two to one? Even when Transformers came out on HD-DVD, Blu-ray still outsold HD-DVD for that month.

Sorry, but their bias really annoys me. Yes, I know HD-DVD was a better format for a lot of reasons, but Blu-ray was still winning, even before the pay offs, and neither format was going to really get off the ground until the other one died. Everyone involved needed this format war to end, which is why it ended as fast as it did.

Then, of course, there’s Tom Merritt’s assertion that Blu-ray sales are somehow going to drop now that the war is over, because the pundits aren’t going to talk about it as much anymore… On what backward planet does that make sense? The average consumer isn’t paying attention to the tech pundits. Why do you think I started this blog? Because no one I know cares enough to listen to me rant about this stuff.

No. The status of Blu-ray’s sales does not hinge on TWiT, Buzz Out Loud, or John Dvorak. It hinges on one thing: what the tech geeks tell their friends when the friend asks what HiDef player to get. That’s it. The average consumer isn’t spending 10 hours at work every Monday listening to all the major tech and gaming podcasts like some reclusive geeks I could mention…


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