We mentioned a while back that we recommend you avoid Blu-ray, but now it isn’t only us, but also the people who manufacture it.

As we said in our previous article, we here at StarterTech feel Blu-ray may end up having too short of a lifespan, and you should just continue on with your standard definition DVDs until downloads inevitably take over as the dominant format.  Today there were two stories in the technology news that seemed to bolster the idea that we may have been correct in our suggestion.

First off comes this amazing quote from Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK, to the website Pocket-lint.  It seems during the course of the interview with one of the original backers of the format, Mr. Griffiths said:

“I think [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10.”

While the interview moved on to other subjects, that is surely a very revealing comment to the concept that high definition formats will be replaced with downloads and the consumer electronics companies know it.

Just adding more fuel to this fire is the news that LG Electronics is launching a new Blu-ray player called the BD-300 which will not only playback the HD discs, but stream television shows and movies from yoru Netflix account.  This is the first I have heard of a device doing both of these jobs, but at $399.95 suggested retail price, it seems like a good price point for the two merging technologies.

I think this does just add another log to the file that Blu-ray is expected to have a short lifespan as a home entertainment format, and if you can hold outwith what you currently have, I would be highly reluctant to invest in programming on the Blu-ray format.

In the end it is up to each consumer what they do, but I think that this time it is fairly obvious that patience may not only be a virtue, but may save you some money in the long run from not buyng all of those new discs.

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