Re: Blu-ray player sales are falling!
The fact that stand alone Blu Ray player sales are slow is hardly suprising. A standard dvd player can play on any tv set--analog or digital. The amount of people with high quality digital HDTV's is small compared to owners of standard analog tv set owners.
When 2009 hits and all new tv's must be digital and if the industry is smart and educates the average consumer of the advantages of 1080p (or even 720p if watching from far enough away), then Blu Ray 2.0 stand alone players will start to sell in an ever-increasing growth percentage.
There are many adults they have no desire to have a Sony PS3 to play games, but just want a very good SD player that also plays Blu Ray at top drawer performance levels.
I'm sure during late 2008 through 2009 there will be a ton of competition with Blu Ray players being sold from just under $200 to $3,000---excuse me, the Goldmund at $17,000:-)
Sure, the Walmarts and other big chains will sell most of the $195 to $395 players. But it was only a few years ago that many of us bought high quality Pioneer Elite and Denon universal players without HD for $750-$1,400. Now the OPPO 983HD is considered to be among the top 3 or 4 universal players at $399.
With Panasonic making a big move into Blu Ray and quick on their heels (or not so quick:-) will be Pioneer Elite, Denon, Yamaha, Samsung, LG, eventually OPPO, Onkyo, and let's not forget Sony--plus many others.
As long as the dollar doesn't go much further into the tank and the economy starts to improve within the year the future of HDTV and HDTV disc formats should improve greatly.