Blu-Ray: Past, Present or Extinct?
By Kym Gordon Moore
Are you a fan of Blu-Ray or traditional DVD players? Do you think Blu-Ray discs and players are headed for extinction? Blu-Ray, a digital optical disc capable of storing HD (high-definition) video resolution was designed to supersede traditional DVD’s. The rise in popularity with Netflix, Hulu, Paid-Per-View and On-Demand services however, gives consumers more options and convenience to watch their favorite hit TV shows, movies and clips. It appears that Blu-Ray discs are losing its charm and popularity, by becoming an unnecessary luxury in today’s home entertainment market.
With increased technological advancements around the mid 1990’s, DVD’s began replacing the ever-popular VCR’s. VCR’s contained a magnetic tape used to record audio and video programs from television broadcasts. On the heels of improving this technology, DVD’s were designed with the same dimensions as a CD, but with the ability to store more data than a CD.
The advancement of streaming media and content continues to improve with technological advancements. We witnessed this evolution when film projectors were replaced with Betamax, which was replaced by VHS. Next, Laser Discs and HD-DVD became extinct when DVD’s and Blu-Ray Discs were introduced to the market. The popularity of TiVo, Nintendo, PlayStations, Wii, video television and video games created another major shift in the home entertainment industry.
Smartphones, computer notepads and wearable technology is making it possible and convenient for end-users to record and watch their favorite movies and shows anytime they wish. While Blu-Rays have not reached that point of extinction yet, they have certainly surpassed the mature stage of its life cycle. At the growing rate of introducing new high-tech gadgets on the market each year, there is no doubt we will see a new and improved game changer to replace the old technology from last year, or even a few months ago.
Consumers are savvier spenders and new technology upgrades offer greater opportunities to view their favorite TV shows or movies, while on the go. On the flipside, many consumers are putting the brakes on their appetite for the latest and greatest high-tech electronics and gadgets that will sooner or later become another thing of the past.