Hot on the heels of last week’s report from ABI Research noting that many consumers may not see the picture quality difference between Blu-ray and standard DVDs comes the latest Blu-ray sales figures from NPD Group. And they’re not pretty.According to NPD, sales of Blu-ray standalone players plummeted 40 percent from January to February, then rose a scant 2 percent from February to March. The general consensus was that once Toshiba dropped its support for the HD DVD format early this year, sales would increase.
Maybe the Blu-Ray people need to speed up a cheaper Blu-Ray player. People are used to buying sub-$100 DVD players. They don’t want to spend 3x that for a new format. That’s my guess.