Posted May 16 2008 - 02:39 AM
| Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein |
Now that the format war is over there seems to be no incentive
for many of the major companies to drop prices.
Because of course this historically being the slowest time of the year for electronics and media sales has nothing to do with it...
| Originally Posted by Marc Colella |
Many entertainment products are still selling well - even if they've dropped off a bit. The Wii is still selling great, GTA IV sold in monsterous numbers, HDTVs are selling very well also, etc.
Perhaps you haven't read reports from NPD and Nielsen, but all
of the consoles experienced a drop-off. On the other hand, the PS3 has managed to outsell the 360 several times, and in terms of software, is doing a good job of keeping up when hardware ratios are taken into account. Yes GTAIV sold great, but it was expected to. I'd love to see your evidence of HDTV sales growing, as well.
| At first many were saying the format war was killing the adoption rate because there were many fence-sitters. I always disagreed with that. Now that the war is over and sales are barely moving upwards, we use the economy as the excuse. What we're actually seeing is that Blu-Ray is and will continue to be a niche product. The majority of people are happy with DVD. Even price drops will only help so much. |
As mentioned above, this is generally one of the slowest times of the year for electronics and media sales, and this has been borne out in console sales, player sales, and disc sales for both DVD and Blu-ray.
Saying that something is failing without providing context--especially when that context explicitly says that everything else is experiencing a bit of a slowdown--strikes me as a little bit disingenuous.