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rex 03-05-2009 11:40 AM

Blu-ray royalties plunge, lowering costs for both players and discs.
 
Blu-ray royalty rates are expected to plunge with the formation of a global independent Blu-ray licensing company by industry heavyweights Sony, Panasonic and Philips.

A new license system will be established by mid-2009 as a "one-stop shop" for device makers, representing the interests of all Blu-ray patent holders. Licensing will be managed by an as yet unnamed new company, headed by Gerald Rosenthal - former head of intellectual property at IBM. Offices will be spread across the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

As a result of the new licensing systems, royalty rates will drop by 40 percent for individual Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD format licenses.

The fees for the new licenses will be $9.50 for a Blu-ray player and $14 for a Blu-ray recorder. Making Blu-ray Disc will cost 11 cents for read-only, 12 cents for recordable discs and 15 cents for rewritable discs.


http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/15591-B...vestories_week

TracyRainH2o 03-06-2009 04:15 PM

Re: Blu-ray royalties plunge, lowering costs for both players and discs.
 
I guess the big question is will the manufacturers take this opportunity to lower prices........or raise profit margins?

rex 03-06-2009 09:42 PM

Re: Blu-ray royalties plunge, lowering costs for both players and discs.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TracyRainH2o (Post 19975)
I guess the big question is will the manufacturers take this opportunity to lower prices........or raise profit margins?

At 10 bucks for a player and a few cents for discs, the licensing fees aren't yet really that significant a factor in the final retail price, though it is still good news whenever costs come down.

photogray 04-27-2009 12:31 PM

Re: Blu-ray royalties plunge, lowering costs for both players and discs.
 
Thats pretty good news , hopefully it keeps going


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