Availability of Blu-ray Media

So, I’ve finally secured a Blu-ray drive for the OCMS labs. Now the only thing is to get hordes of BD-R media, so I ventured out on one of our famous OCMS Field Trips.

I go into one local computer store and ask where their Blu-ray media is. Looking bewlidered, the sales rep called over the store manager, who responded that it’s not not yet cost effective to have any in stock.94473985_125

I stood there puzzled. I showed the manager the row of Blu-ray burners they had on the shelves.

“You see how these boxes are wrangling dust-bunnies?”

“Yeah”

“Don’t you think you would move more drives if people had discs to burn them with?”

“…”

He suggested that I go to Staples, which was down the street. I’m really not a fan of driving all over the place when I get a stick up my butt to buy new toys… I usually end up with buyers remorse and never take the thing back because it was such as hassle to get in the first place.

Staples actually DID have one Blu-Ray rewritable disc; but it was $25. For ONE disc.88946769_125

The thing is, BD-R discs are already cheaper… you just have to buy them online. You can get a 10-pack of Blu-ray media online for about $50. That’s about $4-5 per disc, which is way cheaper than they used to be. Unfortunately, dual-layer discs (BD-DL) and rewritables (BD-RE) cost about $25 each.. which is totally not worth it. The BD-REs might be worth it for software backup… if you had 25GB of stuff that changed every so often.


At $4 each, I can easily convert all the HD-WMVs to Blu-Ray and free up a lot of space on my NAS. There’s really no reason to have a bunch of 8GB files sitting there when nobody uses them. It is cool to have the movies available instantly, but the space is more valuable.

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Not to mention all of the software DVDs I can consolodate and archive to one disc. One $4 disc can get rid of about 6 single-layer DVDs. If you want to spend the extra cash on a 50GB disc, then you can eliminate 12 DVDs.

None of this means anything until BD-R discs are more available. The hardware is coming down… you can get Blu-ray players for about $200, and burners cost about $200. A regular BD-ROM (read only) drive can be had for about $100…

The time of Blu-Ray is at hand. I think that this year we’ll see the prices come down considerably.

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