[QUOTE=lordsmurf;2476536]True … but not true…
You are correct in that this is a purely economic issue!
Optical disc has been an unusual fiasco business-wise, especially DVD media. The margin for profit is very small — [I]I refer ONLY to the $20-30 per 100-pack type pricing most of us wait for![/I] — and in some ways this is a victim of the loss-leader retail economics from the past 10-15 years.
A good VHS tape was about $2-3 blank, and a cheapie/crappy tape was about $1 — and nobdy ever complained about this! When DVD was $1 each, there were still no real complaints! When discs hit the 25 cent mark, people now raise hell if it even thinks about creeping towards that 50 cent mark. … AND they still expect perfect quality.
It’s ignorant economics.
The next-gen format – whatever it is – isn’t going to cost 25 cents anymore. Maybe not even 50 cents. It will likely be that $1+ price mark again. Consumers are just going to have to suck it up. A better product will likely require more expensive tech.[/QUOTE]
Well naturally anything new will cost more at first. It’s their way of recouping costs up front. But after all the folks that have to have it first spend their money, prices will drop as always. And don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with DVDs and am not in any rush for a another Media change that nullifies all my discs.