Mechanical HDD's are anything but permanent.
For previous technology iterations, a $50US player meant a $100 player here in Oz.
$100 bluray (cheap/basic chinese model) players can be had at one of the major/nationwide Entertainment chains here in Oz ... walk-in price ... no limited quantity special ... although it is time-limited.
However, I cashed in and bought a second $100 BD player for myself (bedroom TV), and a neighbour 5 months ago when one of the semi-major retailers had a special ....
Hardware prices are dropping significantly faster than DVD ever did - penetration of Bluray into stores is significantly quicker than DVD ever was.
The USA isn't feeling the love because the US dollar is dropping like a feather in a vacuum.
The UK pound also isn't feeling the love, but at least it seems to have some buoyancy, so they'll be feeling the High definition loving soon.
Europe is still struggling, but is hanging in there with a few pinky fingers ... they'll probably beat the UK.
Japan's also not feeling love, but that's ok, because all their manufacturing is in China anyway, and China is keeping it's currency artificially low (not for friendly reasons I'm sure) ... but Japan was feeling High Definition Goodness before the rest of us anyway.
So bluray IS taking off ....
The USA just makes up the most vocal share of the internet, and the USA used to be the loosest with their money & tech,... but now doesn't have the $$$ to feel the love anymore.
I guess that whole out-sourcing to countries with cheaper labour thing isn't working out so well, eh?
Bluray players don't appear to be suffering too much from DRM limitations on bluray ... the format is being adapted much faster than DVD, now that sales people now understand what the heck bluray is ... and that they shouldn't be hooking up Bluray & HDTV's using composite cables anymore ... and customers are no longer being told that upscaling DVD players are better than bluray.
Yes .. many sales managers really are that stupid that they hook up HDTV's using composite cables andd wonder why their sales have plummetted .. natural selection is a biatch ... but sooooo necessary :iagree:
Case in Point: I'm still arguing with shop planners why they should be spending an extra $20K to use Bluray + HDMI instead of (heavily pixellated, standard definition sources stretched to interlaced HD) Free-To-Air broadcast TV ..... keeping in mind that the average TV is $2k ... and 1080p will sell TV's .... while blurry pixellated TV's will drive customers to another retail chain ....
Each store = a new idiot manager to convince .... FFS .. I don't get paid enough.