Blu-ray hopes for a green season

Player prices drop dramatically, but the technology isn't for everyone

Will it be a blue season for Blu-ray? Retailers and movie studios aren’t sure yet, even though prices on some players are expected to plummet from several hundred

dollars to as low as $125 to $150 on Black Friday, and perhaps stay at bargain levels during the holiday season.

Even before the economic downturn, consumers weren’t flocking to buy Blu-ray. The price drops on some models may help. But at a time of scrimping for many, Blu-ray is not a must-have.

You’ll get the most benefit from a Blu-ray player if you have a high-definition TV. Blu-ray will give you dynamic sound and vibrant video, taking advantage of your television’s capabilities. However, not everyone who has high-definition TV is opting for Blu-ray so far. And, if you’re sticking with a standard-definition TV, or are happy with the quality you have from your existing DVD player, and are not an obsessive videophile, you may not feel compelled to buy a player this year.

Movie streaming starting to appeal
The notion of streaming movies or videos from the Internet onto devices — be they Blu-ray players, game consoles, computers or DVD recorders — is starting to take off.

LG Electronics recently released its BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, which streams movie and TV episodes from Netflix at no extra charge. You have to be a Netflix subscriber in order to use the service, and there’s a $1 a month Netflix add-on charge for unlimited access to Blu-ray movies.

The player itself retails for around $400, but can be found online for about $300.
PS: Don’t forget to compare with other brand such as Sony, Panasonic, etc.

Note: By Suzanne Choney